Scientific name: Echinacea angustifolia, E. purpurea

Also known as coneflower and purple coneflower

Echinacea is another very popular herb used mainly for its immune-enhancing, disease and infection fighting properties. And besides its effectiveness, it has very few if any side effects and is hardy when grown.

Parts of Echinacea you can use: root, leaf, flower, and seed

Nutrients

  • Polysaccharides
  • Caffeic acid
  • Echinacoside
  • Sesquiterpenes
  • Tannins
  • Linoleic acid
  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin C

Health Benefits

  • Immune support: one of the best out there, with extensive research done in Europe of its ability to help the body resist infection
    • Increases macrophage and T-cell activity
    • Rich in polysaccharides: helps protect cells against viruses and bacteria
  • Anti-fungal properties
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Gentle enough for children and elderly people to use

Quick Remedies

(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)

CAUTION: Discontinue use if experiencing signs of allergy such as itchy eyes or ears, runny nose, scratchy throat, etc.

Echinacea (and most other herbal remedies) works best when you’re just starting to feel the first signs of sickness. Treat it early and frequently with small doses, and herbs will be much more effective.

  • Respiratory infection, sore throat, oral infection, other immune boosting needs: drink echinacea tea or a tincture in small doses many times per day at the first signs of a cold or flu bug.
    • Tea: 1/4 cup every half hour up to 4 cups per day
    • Tincture: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp every hour up to 6 tsp per day

How to Grow

Planting

Where do you live?

Echinacea conveniently grows well just about anywhere.

Put em in the ground
  • Full sun
  • Warm weather (unless in a very hot area, then give it partial shade)
  • Soil can be poor in nutrients
  • Can withstand drought and lots of rain

Care

As long as the plant’s basic needs are met, echinacea will thrive seemingly no matter what!