Scientific Name: Echinacea angustifolia
AKA: Purple cornflower, sampson root
Parts Used: root, flower
Active Compounds:polysaccharides, humulene, caffeic acid esters, alkamides, betaine
Background: Echinacea has its origin in North America. It is taken as an antibiotic to fight off infection an dallergies. It has long been used in Native American medicine. For example, it was used to treat snakebites and other wounds. It was also once used to treat syphillis. In the 1930's German scientists began to research its properties in the laboratory. It is now widely used to treat a multitude of conditions.
Echinacea has a wide range of uses for health and healing. It is primarily known as an antibiotic.
Infections: Echinacea can be used to treat bacterial infections. It is particularly good for chronic infections. It's also used to prevent viral infections such as cold and flu.
Allergies: Echinacea may be taken to reduce the symptoms brought on by allergies. It is also helpful in relieving asthma.
Immunity: Echinacea generally gives the immune system a boost to help fend off all kinds of infections. It may have indications in helping patients with HIV/AIDS.
Echinacea is a perennial plant that grows in the United States and is commercially grown in Europe. It grows up to 20 inches high and has purple flowers that look like daisies. The Echinacea root is iused for medicinal pruposes and is harvested in the fall from plants that are 4 years old.
As a tincture, 1/2 tsp with water 3 times a day should be taken for chronic infections.
As a decoction, gargle with 50 ml 3 times a day for a sore throat.
Echinacea capsules may be taken at a dosage of 500 mg, 3 times a day for cold remedy.
The tablet form of Echinacea can be taken to strengthen the immune system. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on the label.
Nausea can result in high doses of Echinacea. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
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