Echinacea Pupurea Herb – Echinacea is an herb which is very popular for use with colds and flu. Echinacea was used for centuries by native Americans before the arrival of European explorers. In the 1800s, uses of Echinacea took off in the United States and the herb became popular in Europe as well. Echinacea is used in many Western nations because it is believed that the herb promotes immune system health and minimizes some of the symptoms of sickness.
Echinacea is a perennial plant which reaches one foot (30 centimeters) to two feet (60 centimeters) in height when it is mature. The plant is slightly spiky and has large pink to purple flowers, depending on the variety. The center of the flower forms a cone or seed head which is also spiky and dark brown to red in color. Three species of Echinaceaare used for medicinal purposes: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida, and Echinacea purpurea.
Also known as- Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida, Echinacea angustifolia, Coneflower, Snakeroot, Purple Coneflower, and Blacksamson.
The root, leaves, stems and flowers, of Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, or Echinacea pallida.
The above-ground parts of the plant are used to make fresh juice, infusions (warm-water teas), and tinctures. The roots are used in either cut or powdered form for capsules, fluid extracts, teas, and tinctures.
Use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
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