Scientific Name: Inula helenium
- Volatile oil: Sesquiterpene lactones (alantolactone, isoalantolactone, isoheleproline, alantopicrin, alantic acid & azulene)
- Carbohydrates: Mucilage & Inulin
- Chlorogenic & caffeic acids
- Expectorant (stimulant) & Lung Trophorestorative
Mechanism of Action & Pharmacology:
- VO are spasmolytic on smooth muscle tissues & sesquiterpene lactones (alantolactone, isoalantolactone) are widely antiseptic (e.g. MRSA, Candida) and anti-inflammatory.
- Isolated alantolactone has been used to treat parasites (e.g. roundworm, hookworm) and has chemopreventative and anti-tumor effects.
- Mucilage has a relaxing & carminative effect which combines well with the stimulation and expectoration of the VO.
- Inulin is a prebiotic that will aid in the balance of blood sugar levels and of the microbiome.
- Powdered herb
Safety & Toxicity Concerns:
- Use caution when lungs are irritated or dry, as it can increase dryness and give a feeling of constriction.
- May cause contact dermatitis topically.
- Avoid in known allergy to Asteracae family.
- None known