Echinacea
Latin Name: echinacea purpurea
Alternative Name: purple coneflower
Forms Available: herb

Echinacea - echinacea purpurea - Echinacea increases bodily resistance to infection and is used for boils, erysipelas -a superficial infection of the skin, septicaemia -blood poisoning, syphilis and other impurities of the blood, its action being antiseptic. It has also useful properties as a strong alterative and aphrodisiac. The extract has been used for hemorrhoids. Unlike antibiotics, which are directly lethal to bacteria, echinacea makes our own immune cells more efficient in attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, including cancer cells. Echinacea purpurea has similar properties to E. angustifolia. Prolonged use of Echinacea, i.e. more than 8 weeks, is not recommended and may cause immune suppression or liver problems. There are no published studies of Echinacea use during pregnancy or during breast-feeding, check with your doctor. Stimulates bile flow and can be used in cases of poor digestion or appetite. For a decoction, bring 2 teaspoons of root material per cup of water to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Cool. Drink up to 3 cups a day. You’ll find the taste initially sweet, then bitter. Not for children under age 2. For older children and persons over 65 start with low-strength preparations and increase strength if necessary.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Echinacea is used to prevent and treat colds and to help heal infections. echinacea makes our own immune cells more efficient in attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, including cancer cells.

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