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Echinacea

Echinacea purpurea

Is there any more well known herbal medicine than Echinacea? I’m not sure how and when exactly it gained such notability, but it’s now mainstream first defence against the common cold. Probably most effective in tincture form, but can also be taken as a tea. The root, flower, and seed of this plant is used for medicine, but the root is the strongest of the three. If you were to chew on a fresh root, you would notice immediately a tingling, numbing, saliva enhancing effect in your mouth. This is from the alchemides, one of the prominent medicinal constituents of the Echinacea plant. This medicine is best used short term, during acute infections. It has a stimulating energy, is safe for children (lower dose), and should be taken at the first sign of sickness, every few hours until symptoms resolve. Also can be used after surgery, injury or infection to help body heal.

Herbal Actions: 

  • Immune stimulator
  • Lymphagogue
  • Alterative,
  • Vulnerary
  • Anti-inflammatory

 

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