Echinacea is a wildflower native to prairies and woodlands in central and eastern North America. There are three species of Echinacea including Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida.
Traditionally Echinacea was used by several different Native American tribes to promote health and healing. It was later used among physicians in America and Germany before eventually losing popularity due to the introduction of antibiotics. Recently is has regained a large amount of its popularity and is now one of the top-selling herbal supplements in the United States.
Properties of Echinacea include:
- Overall immune system support
- Strengthens blood vessels
- Destroys free radicals
- Increases amount of white blood cells in circulation
- Stimulates production of interferon
- Prevents sun damage
This means Echinacea can help treat:
- Cold & Flu Symptoms
- Upper respiratory tract infections
- Slow-healing wounds
- Skin diseases
- Fungal infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Premature ageing
- Skin damage
- Chronic fatigue
Next time you’re feeling ill, give your immune system a natural boost with Echinacea!
- Pedersen, Mark. Nutritional Herbology: A Reference Guide to Herbs. Warsaw, IN: Wendell W. Whitman, 1998. Print.