The Enula, whose botanical name is Inula Helenium, is a perennial herb that belongs to the Asteracae family. The plant is small and the buds of the plant are placed at ground level while the stem is elongated and leafy and the hypogean part consists of a rhizome. The fleshy and bitter root is aromatic and large. The leaves are oblong and petiolate and the inflorescence is formed by rather large heads that can be born alone or with corymbous protuberances. The plant is commonly referred to as stomach grass, enula Bell, anti-poison plant and Elenio. The enula originating from Europe and Asia, also grows in Japan and North America and is found on stony paths, on the edges of roads and in the woods. Although rarely, we find it in Italy but only in the mountainous areas while it is scarce in the south. The plant is still the subject of in-depth studies even if in ancient times it was used by the common people for its therapeutic virtues. The enula flowers in Autumn and Spring but for phytotherapeutic purposes, it is harvested only after the third year of life.
Therapeutic properties of the Enula
Although the plant is still under the careful study of herbalists, it seems to have significant digestive and anticatarrali functions, in fact it is used in the case of bronchitis and cooling involving the secretion of mucus. It seems that the plant serves precisely to favor the expulsion of the mucus in the case of bronchitis of a certain importance and more calmly those attacks of acute cough considerably. The enula however is also excellent for the biliary tract and for annoying cystitis but it also has antidiarrheal and disinfectant properties for the intestine. These last two factors have been reported by regular consumers to herbalists who promptly informed the phytotherapeutic pharmacopoeia. The inulin present in the 40% enula is the element that allows the plant to act beneficially on the human organism. And it is precisely the inulin that seems to have significant and important ability to counter cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and is also very useful in cases of arterial hypertension. Enula is also excellent for various types of herpes, leucorrhoea and amenorrhea.
How to assume the Enula
The rhizome of the enula is taken in the form of decoction, tincture and extract. The decoction is prepared by boiling 20 grams of root in 300 grams of water for 10 minutes and then if you drink three or four cups of coffee a day but the decoction, you can also use for external factors such as eczema and psoriasis soaked in gauze and placing them on the diseased part. Infusions, on the other hand, should be prepared by resting for a few minutes, 15 grams of root in 100 grams of water. Then drink this mixture 2 or 3 times a day in the quantity of a coffee cup. The mother tincture of Enula, is prepared with 80 grams of rhizome from which however, only two grams of tincture will be obtained. The tincture is taken in the quantity of 20 drops or a little more, for 2 or 3 times a day. The powder is found in herbal medicine, in capsules mixed with other medicinal herbs depending on the disease you want to cure. The dust of enula for example, it is mixed with Thyme powder, in case you have to treat a persistent cough. Stirred with Berberis, it is an excellent detoxifier for morphine. The plant has strong antibiotic virtues and is taken 5 grams if you are adults and 1 gram if you are a boy. The Enula, as we have specified previously, is still to be studied and so it is preferable not to have it taken on by pregnant or lactating women because the side effects are not yet known. The enula in capsules, dried roots and already packaged sachets, is found in all herbalists and parapharmacies but can also be found on the web. Its cost is close to 15 euros in the case of mother tincture. Some websites have much cheaper prices but it is advisable to be wary of too attractive costs, especially if you do not know the exact contents of the sachets or dye. It is advisable to read reviews written by other buyers or otherwise go directly to a trusted herbalist. Precisely because the studies on Enula have not yet been completed, it would be advisable to ascertain well what is also purchased because there are still no known side effects or toxic effects due to high intakes and overdose.
Some curiosity about the Enula
Enula or Inula, in the Greek language means "to purge" and perhaps the name of this plant depends precisely on this factor since it was used in ancient times to purify the organism. The Greek legends tell of tears shed by Helen of Troy for her sad story, which watered the ground until this plant bloomed. If instead we deepen the name of the Enula species and that is Helenium, we will see that in Greek it means "stream" and in fact the plant grows right along the edges of the streams and canals where it finds its natural habitat. In ancient times, Enula was used to prepare liqueurs and still, in Alsace an aromatic Reps is prepared which is obtained by macerating the roots of enula in the must. In ancient times the enula was used to give a strong blue color to cotton and linen fabrics or as a dye after adding blackberries. Dioscorides affirmed with certainty that whoever took the enula forgot all his sadness and relieved any pain he had in his heart and found himself fertile, preserving a harmony for the whole body.