ECHINACEA

Coneflower[1]

ECHINACEA

Common Name: Purple Coneflower

Scientific Name: Echinacea spp

Family: Asteraceae (Daisy) family

Species:

There are three species of Echinacea:

  • Echinacea Purpurea
  • Echinacea, Echinacea Pallida
  • Echinacea Angustifolia
Medicinal uses:
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
Medicinal Recipes:
  • 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
Cautions:
  • 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

Gardening Tips:

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

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