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Scientific name: Inula helenium

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: Eurasia

Medicinal use: It is a fairly rigid herb, the stem of which reaches a height of one to five feet. Its leaves are long and serrated, the lowest stalked and the others surrounding the stem. For medicinal purposes they should use plants no more than two or three years old. In addition to inulin, a reserve carbohydrate along with starch, the root contains helenin, a stearoptene that can be processed to obtain acidic crystals, insoluble in water but freely soluble in alcohol.

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