Common Name: Purple Coneflower
Scientific Name: Echinacea spp
Family: Asteraceae (Daisy) family
There are three species of Echinacea:
- Echinacea Purpurea
- Echinacea, Echinacea Pallida
- Echinacea Angustifolia
Echinacea helps to decrease the severity & length of the common cold and flu, and it is helpful in reducing symptoms of cough, fever, and sore throat.
Echinacea has beneficial effects on the immune system by:
- Increasing antibody responses to elevated interferon levels for fighting viruses
- Stimulating the white blood cells to work harder in the fight against infections
- Teas: Steep 1-2 teaspoons of Echinacea leaves/flowers in 1 cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes
- Boil 1 teaspoon of root in 1-2 cups of water for 10 minutes
- Tinctures: Take the dosage as suggested on the product’s label
- Capsules: Take the dosage as suggested on the product’s label
- Anyone with an Auto Immune condition should avoid using Echinacea
- Anyone that is allergic to other plants in the Asteraceae (Daisy) family
- High doses of Echinacea can cause nausea
Type of Plant: Echinacea Purpurea is the most common species, and it is a perennial.
Time to Plant: Echinacea Purpurea can be propagated from seeds in about 30 days and it can be planted in the spring or fall.
Time to Harvest: Echinacea roots can be dug up in autumn of the second or third year.
Location: Echinacea Purpurea prefers full sun.
Soil Type: Echinacea Purpurea need a well drained soil