Echinacea for immune support

Posted By on September 22, 2010

Echinacea flowers

Echinacea flowers

Echinacea is the first herb I think of for the very first signs of a cold such as a tickle in the throat or a runny nose. I use the extract every hour and I hold it in my mouth letting it bathe my throat. Good quality Echinacea will make you drool and has a spicy electric sensation that you can never really forget. If you catch the cold before it catches you – after about 1 ounce of herb you should feel almost 100% better. If it takes hold and dives deeper into the sinuses then it pairs nicely with Goldenseal which will help dry the sinuses and help to clear the symptoms.

The best way to take Echinacea is as a liquid or a liquid extract in a capsule, look for a brand that lists the isobutylamide content. Take one dose every hour at the onset of cold and flu symptoms. It is also a wonderful herb to take preventatively during cold and flu season for those who are heavily exposed such as teachers and nurses. If it is being used as a preventative one or two doses a day will suffice.

The Native Americans called Echinacea the “king of blood purifiers”. They used it for a wide variety of conditions including skin ailments (acne and boils), respiratory infections (colds and flu) and blood purification. This would include everything from blood poisoning to snake and spider bites, hence the common name (snake root). They would chew on the seeds and roots and make highly concentrated teas. The flower was also used like a loofa to help move lymphatic congestion (swollen lymph nodes).

Echinacea is a very safe herb even for kids. Those allergic to daises may have some sensitivities and should avoid taking.

Echinacea is a stout and bristly plant with a hairy stem and leaves. The flower is bristly and conical with dark to light purple petals. It was traditionally grown in the prarie states.

Latin name; Echinacea Purpurea and Echinacea Angustifolia
Common name; Echinacea, Snake Root
Parts used; Echinacea Purpurea aerial parts, root and seed, and Echinacea Angustifolia root
Energetics; Cool, spicy, bitter

By Rose Stanfill l.Ac. and herbalist
The above statement is not intended to diagnose treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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