8 Incredible Benefits of Elecampane Essential Oil

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Some of the most important and exciting health benefits of elecampane essential oil include its ability to boost the immune system, prevent bacterial and intestinal infections, improve the metabolism, detoxify the body, reduce respiratory distress, stimulate the circulatory system, soothe the digestive system, and protect dental health.

Elecampane Essential Oil

Elecampane essential oil probably isn’t the first oil on your aromatherapy list, but it is actually a very powerful and proven method to treat a number of health conditions. This essential oil is actually derived from a small perennial plant that can be found throughout Europe and Great Britain. Historically, elecampane was believed to have sprung from the place where Helen of Troy’s tears fell, but it has certain spread to a wider part of the world than that. The plant is also known as elfdock or elfwort, and is prized for its valuable root. As a plant, it has many different beneficial qualities, but the essential oil that can be extracted from the root and leaves is also very powerful and potent as an aromatherapeutic agent and a topical application. [1] [2]

Two bottles of elecampane essential oil and an elecampane flower on a table

Elecampane essential oil is extracted from the elecampane flower found in Europe and Great Britain. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Elecampane essential oil has the rare distinction of being an essential oil that is respected and prescribed by doctors. The studies have clearly connected the use of Elecampane essential oil to a number of treatments, and provided that you aren’t allergic to the plant or its oils, then you can find relief from a wide variety of afflictions. However, some of the traditional uses of Elecampane essential oil are not as well documented or proven as others, given that its use can be traced back more than 2,000 years, so always check with a doctor before implementing Elecampane essential oil for less traditional remedies. Let’s take a closer look at some of the well-known health benefits of Elecampane essential oil.

Benefits of Elecampane Essential Oil

Clears Respiratory Tract

This was perhaps the first and most commonly applied benefit of Elecampane essential oil, and over the centuries, countless people have enjoyed the expectorant qualities of this essential oil to release mucus build-up in the respiratory tracts and allow it to be expelled from the body. This oil also has antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, so any of the bacteria or foreign agents residing in the mucus or in the glands can be eliminated and expelled by the use of Elecampane essential oil. This oil has also been used to help ease symptoms of bronchitis and asthma, thanks to its soothing, anti-inflammatory nature. [3]

Boosts Immune System

Thanks to the impressive antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities of Elecampane essential oil, this oil is wonderful for boosting the immune system of the body and providing a protective layer for the body against foreign invasion. When diffused in a room, Elecampane essential oil can rid your internal and external self of bacterial agents, and if topically applied, the oil can protect wounds or other high-risk spots for infection or illness. [4]

Improves Metabolism

As both a stimulant and tonic substance, Elecampane essential oil can significantly improve the metabolism. It stimulates hormonal balance in the body, which can help to optimize all the functions of the body, including the release of toxins or waste substances. The stimulant nature helps to increase blood flow, oxygenating parts of the body that need it most and ensuring that the organ systems are all running smoothly. [5]

Promotes Urination

Due to its diuretic nature, Elecampane essential oil has often been turned to for people suffering from water retention, particularly pregnant women. Also, after an illness or injury, it is good to flush the body of any stray toxins, so stimulating frequent urination can achieve this. [6]

Improves Digestive Health

Elecampane essential oil has been relief on for hundreds of years to settle stomachs, aid digestion, stimulate increased nutrient retention, and eliminate intestinal worms. Improving the health of your digestive system can impact every other system of your body, so the use of Elecampane essential oil for this purpose is perhaps its most important! [7]

Dental Care

The antibacterial and antiseptic qualities of Elecampane essential oil make it an ideal ingredient in many dental health regimens. Aside from being included in many herbal toothpastes and mouthwashes, a small amount of Elecampane essential oil can be mixed with water and applied directly to the gums to slow their retraction away from the teeth and eliminate dangerous bacteria that hide below the gums, preventing periodontal disease! [8]

Skin Care

The astringent properties of Elecampane essential oil aren’t the most widely recognized, but they are valuable for those people wanting to tone up and protect their skin. Elecampane essential oil can tighten the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots at the same time. [9]

Topical Applications

In various forms and scrubs, Elecampane essential oil is used in topical application on the face and skin all over the body. This can beneficially impact everything from hemorrhoids, blisters, and pimples to gout, wound healing, and rashes. The active components of Elecampane essential oil are powerful and versatile, so start using it today!

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About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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