I have a student asking about using Elecampane during pregnancy for a Bronchial cough.
Is it safe?
I would start out with making mullein milk. To brew mullein infusion, I fill a quart canning jar about half full of cut and crushed mullein leaf and stalk pieces. (If using commercial herb, I use one ounce by weight.) I fill the jar to the top with boiling water, cap tightly, and let it sit at room temperature for four hours, or overnight.
Mullein leaves are fuzzy, and mullein infusion can be too. To protect my throat, I always strain my mullein infusion through tightly-woven cloth (like a handkerchief) before drinking. The dose of mullein infusion is 1-4 cups a day.
Mullein infusion will last for 5-6 days refrigerated. It brews up to a dark brown liquid with a smoky flavor that I find quite appealing, especially with milk and honey.
Elecampane is to my knowledge completely safe to use while pregnant and works well with mullein milk to clear a lung infections. Much safer than taking an antibiotic while pregnant :)
The usual dose is 10-15 drops several times a day, but I would increase the dose and take it as much as 6 times a day in an acute situation. I expect to see results from using elecampane within a day or less.
I hope this helps and your friend heals quickly.
Wise Woman Team
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