Echinacea Augustifolia cut
Item # TCG-134
Popular among frontiersmen and settlers, the properties of Echinacea Augustifolia, or Elk Root, were likely taught first by the Native Americans from the regions in which it commonly grows. There it was reportedly first discovered by stalking Elk who would seek out the plant when it was sick or wounded. Considered somewhat of a miracle plant, Echinacea Augustifolia has a long history of being used to stave off illness, help heal wounds, and even treat snake bites.
Modern herbalists do not use it much differently. Studies have shown that it can indeed help fortify the immune system of some, and otherwise aid in preventing respiratory diseases and flu symptoms. Topically Echinacea Augustifolia is most frequently used in treating inflammation, wounds and abrasions and is still sometimes considered of use in treating snake bites.
Elder Berries whole
Item # TCG-135
Elder Berries, or Sambucus nigra, are laden with numerous tales and stories throughout folklore and history, and are particularly linked to those legends and myths involving magic and spirits. Indeed, in English and Scandinavian folklore the belief was held that if you cut down the Elder tree a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released to take her revenge upon the hapless wood cutter. This could only be avoided while chanting "Old girl, give me some of thy wood and I will give thee some of mine when I grow into a tree." Otherwise, Elder Berries are also held to be a powerful aid in warding off evil influence, as well as curses and spells intended to do harm. Shakespeare even wrote of it, speaking of it as a symbol of grief.
While many legends surround the wood, the berries themselves are still frequently utilized in making pies, jellies, and jams, as well as the occasional wine. Some herbalists also hold that Elderberries show potential in treating the symptoms of Influenza, with an extract created from the berry helping many recover in 2-3 days without many of the ill effects that result from many over-the-counter medications. Because of this, it is believe to stimulate the immune system and improve its ability to fight disease.
Elecampane Root cut
Item # TCG-136
Elecampane is also quite well known by its Latin name, Inula Helenium, as well as its common names: Horse-Heal and Marchalm. The plant, widely grown for its medicinal purposes and even reportedly used as a condiment by the ancients, is discussed at length by ancient philosophers, doctors and even Poets. From these sources did it get its Latin name "Helenium," as it was said to have grown where Helen of Troy's tears had fallen. The Celts too held it as a sacred plant, calling it Elfwort (elf-herb), perhaps due to its qualities as an antiseptic which left it treasured as a magical healing herb.
previously prescribed for all manner of ailments, Elecampane is now primarily used only within the veterinary practice. Modern herbalists do however highly value Elecampane for its antiseptic qualities still, and will sometimes use it as an expectorant. It is also supposed to be quite valuable in treating those who are suffering from water retention. Elecampane should not be used by those who are pregnant.