Echinacea is one of the most widely known herbal medicines in American folk herbalism. Used extensively by traditional herbalists and Native Americans alike in North America for generations, echinacea eventually gained popularity in Europe in the 1900’s. One of its main uses is to support healthy immune function, although many of its historical uses were related to topical applications. Many scientific studies investigating its immune supporting properties are still underway.
Echinacea angustifolia root has been used for viral infections such as the common cold and flu. It is used to strengthen the immune system. It’s best to use as soon as you feel a bout of sickness coming on, or to boost your immunity while sick so you can feel better, sooner!
PLEASE NOTE: Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family should exercise caution with Echinacea, due to the presence of Echinacea pollen. Prolonged use may lessen the effects of echinacea. It is recommended to not be used for more than 8 weeks at a time.
To prepare as a tea: For the most therapeutic effect, we recommend making a decoction. Put 1 tbsp of roots in a small sauce pan. Cover the roots with 1 cup of water. Slowly heat to a simmer (be careful not to boil), cover for 10-30 minutes, then strain. You can initially put the roots in a tea strainer or filter, or put them straight into the pot and strain the roots afterwards. May be taken with honey and lemon, along with other immunity boosting herbs.
Echinacea root can also be ground down and used in capsules.
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