ECHINACEA: “Antibiotic and Immune System Stimulant”
Arthritis, Colds, Flu, Immune System Inducer, Infection Fighter, Radiation Therapy, Yeast Infection
Also Known As: Purple Coneflower
Echinacea is the best kept secret among native American’s as a healing herb. Since the 1930’s Echinacea’s main benefits have been enjoyed almost entirely by the Europeans and finally on this side of the Atlantic as well.
Use as a tincture or decoction to take advantage of echinacea’s infection fighting potentials.
Use 2 teaspoons of roots per cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. May drink up to 3 cups per day. The taste will be sweet initially and then, turn bitter.
Take a teaspoon up to 3 times daily.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Echinacea grows from the seeds or cuttings of the roots taken in the spring or fall. Do not cover the seeds. When the temperature is in the 70s, put them into moist, sandy and slightly acidic soil. It will take 3 to four years for the roots to grow large enough to harvest. Pull them in the autumn time. Roots that are greater than an half of inch should be split before drying.
Although normal and not harmful, echinacea will cause a tingling sensation on the tongue. Medical literature has no reports of toxicity. The FDA lists this herb as being undefined for safety. but available evidence suggest that it is safe.