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"The Benefits and Properties of Echinacea
Botanical Name: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida
Family: Asteraceae (Aster/ Daisy family)
Common Name: Purple coneflower, Rudbeckia, Kansas snakeroot, hedgehog, Black Sampson
Etymology: The common and genus name of Echinacea derives from the Greek word echinops, meaning “hedgehog” in reference to its stiff bristly flowers. The species names are derived from Latin, augustifolia meaning “narrow leaves”, pallida meaning “pale”, and purpurea meaning “purple” in reference to its flowers.
Parts Used: Whole plant, flowers, roots, rhizomes, seeds, and leaves
Flavor: Pungeant, bitter
Energetics: Cooling (best used for those with signs of heat)
Affinity/Systems Affected: Lungs, stomach, liver
The Benefits and Properties of Echinacea
Echinacea works in a myriad of ways, some of which have only recently come under the light of modern science. Perhaps one of the most interesting workings of Echinacea is its ability to “devour” invasive microorganisms, pathogens, bacteria, damaged and old cells, and other cellular debris from the body by literally engulfing them, and eating them. This immune response is known as “phagocytosis” and is one of Echinacea’s key methods in ridding the body of illness.
Physiological Effects: Alterative, anodyne, antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumor, antiviral, astringent, carminative, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, febrifuge, immunostimulant, sialogogue, stimulant, vulnerary.
• Internal Uses-
o Clears up chronic infections
o Works well at healing skin ailment, fungal infections, and wounds.
o Curbs chronic fatigue syndrome
o Very useful in the early stages of colds and flu
o Very effective against respiratory infection
o Effective against all types of inflammation
o Stimulates the immune system
• External Uses-
o Effective in healing skin ailments like herpes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and infections
o Works well as a gargle for gingivitis and sore throats
o Heals wounds, ulcers, burns, and inflammation
Aromatherapy Uses: N/A
Echinacea Plant Preparations/Medicinal Uses
beautiful echinacea flower
One of the easiest ways to prepare Echinacea is by making it into an infusion (or a strong tea). All you have to do is put 1-2 tsp of dried Echinacea into about 8oz of boiling water and steep for 15 minutes (I like to use a french press for this). Sip slowly at the first signs of a cold.
There is good evidence that shows that Echinacea strengthens the immune system against viruses and colds, so be sure to get your hourly intake when sniffles make their appearance. Doing this will ensure that your white blood cells make it to the virus quickly so that they can take care of colds fast! Learn how to make an herbal infusion here.
Other remedies are available!