Echinacea

Botanical  Information

There are nine known species of Echinacea, all of which are native to North America. The most commonly used, Echinacea purpurea, is believed to be the most potent. Also known as purple coneflower. The aboveground parts of the plant and roots are used fresh or dried to make teas, juice, extracts or external preparations.

Features & Benefits

  • Echinacea has traditionally been used to treat or prevent colds, flu, and other infections
  • Echinacea is believed to stimulate the immune system to help fight infections
  • Less commonly, echinacea has been used for wounds and skin problems, such as acne or boils

Suggestions & Precautions

  • At recommended doses, echinacea has no known side effects
  • Often taken in conjunction with Goldenseal
  • Individuals with allergies associated plants in the daisy family, including ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daises may experience an allergic reaction with echinacea use
  • Those with auto-immune disorders should consult with a health care professional prior to use

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