Elecampagne - The Storyteller

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My first meditation with Elecampane will be one I remember for a long time. She came to me as a little girl and took me to a country house where we made elecampane honey together. She asked me to tell her a story - she wanted to stay up all night swapping them. But after I had told her one, she said it was terrible. I tried again - that too, was terrible. When I asked her for a story, she told me several about the moon and cows and stones. When I finally told her a story about my cat falling out a window and surviving, she conceded that it was better. "You need to work on your storytelling," she told me.

It is fitting that elecampane is linked to storytelling as she is an incredible respiratory tonic. She stimulates blood flow to the lungs, thereby increasing their capacity and their ability to cough up mucus. More oxygen also means a better ability to drive out infections. Her allatonin content also speeds up healing for lung lining. She has been used for coughs, consumption, bronchitis, asthma and other chronic lung diseases.

She is also slightly bitter and lends a hand with improving digestion and increasing appetite. When eaten like a vegetable, it is beneficial to diabetics thanks to her rich inuline content.

“Let no day pass without eating some of the roots candied, to help digestion and cause mirth.”

She is also linked to myth and magic. It is said that when Helen of Troy was carrying elecampane when she was abducted by Paris. Another version says the flower sprang from where Helen's tears fell. In Denmark, elecampane is linked with elves and fairies, used to appease them but also to break their spells.

I love making elecampane honey for daily use in the wintertime to keep colds at bay and my spirits up. To me, she feels like sunshine in a bottle.

Roman emperor Juilius Augustus was quoted as saying, "let no day pass without eating some of the roots candied, to help digestion and cause mirth." I will happily oblige.