Elecampane Honey Cough Syrup in 8 Easy Steps!

Elecampane  (Inula helenium)

Elecampane (Inula helenium)


Maybe it’s not just 8 steps…


Unless you did what I did and planted some Elecampane (Inula helenium) seeds last spring! This perennial plant is easy to grow in most of the USA. For me, here in the Northeast (zone 7a), it flowered and established a large root in one season.


Chop into bite-sized pieces

Chop into bite-sized pieces

That’s what you want!  A good amount of the root to make a superb respiratory remedy. This remedy is specifically indicated for persistent cough with pain in the ribs and chest. That really ouch-y kind of cough that doesn’t stop- and hurts when it’s happening. It usually means you have a lot of inflammation and mucous in the lungs. These symptoms can lead to bronchitis, pneumonia, whooping cough, croup and common chest colds.


This herb is energetically neutral, which means it can be used for virtually any lung condition; dry, productive, and/or mucousy and painful. The root can be dried and used as a tea, (which is very bitter) or  a therapeutic herbal tincture (made with alcohol). By far, the easiest, and very effective way to use Elecampane is as a cough syrup. This preparation is easy to make and an essential addition to your medicine cabinet for the cold season.  The recipe follows:


Add honey to the chopped root.

Add honey to the chopped root.



Elecampane Honey Cough Syrup


Roots of the elecampane plant

Raw local honey

Clean jars


1.)   In the fall, after the plant has flowered, and before the ground is frozen, dig up the root of elecampane.

2.)   Clean the roots with water. Scrub lightly.

3.)   Slice the root into small bite size pieces.

4.)   Allow the pieces to dry completely.

5.)   Fill jars to ¾ full with Elecampane

6.)   Fill the entire jar with honey

7.)   Turn over a few times a day for about a week. Then it’s ready.

8.)   When you have a cough (with symptoms described above especially), take 2/3 teaspoon for children, and 2 tsp. for adults, as needed. You can also chew the candied root, then discard.


An excellent herbal cough remedy.

An excellent herbal cough remedy.

Avoid during pregnancy.

Note: Honey is not recommended for children under the age of 12 months.