Echinacea, also known as Cone flower, is a member of the daisy family and is well known for its variety of health benefits. It is most commonly taken in the form of tinctures or teas.
I never heard of Echinacea growing up but looking back, I think there used to be some Echinacea flowers growing randomly right in my own backyard! If I had known that, I would have definitely tried to retrieve them and use for my health. It is also my favorite tea to make because it just tastes so delicious!
Echinacea is known mostly as a great way to prevent colds but has many other uses as well:
- Stimulates body’s immune system by increasing activity of white blood cells.
- Improves liver’s ability to reduce effects of environmental toxins.
- Increases production of cancer fighting substances in the body.
- Helps to prevent bacterial and viral infections.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Keeps teeth healthy.
- Prevents ear infections.
- Helps skin lesions like psoriasis and eczema.
- Heals respiratory conditions like bronchitis.
- Can be used in healing or strengthening spells as it adds power to whatever it is applied.
To use Echinacea, drink a cup of tea or ingest 1/2 teaspoon of tincture three times a day every day for three weeks. If you want to continue the process, stop taking it for a full week before repeating.
As always, take caution when using any new herbs by looking out for allergic reactions.