Echinacea

EchinaceaEchinacea spp.

Part used: Whole plant and/or root

Energetics: Sweet, cooling, diffusive, drying

Actions: Immunomodulator, modulates inflammation, sialogogue, antimicrobial, circulatory stimulant, lymphatic, alterative, antipyretic, antioxidant, vulnerary.

Indications: 

  • Viral, bacterial and parasitic infections
  • Prevention and treatment of upper respiratory infections (especially with swollen glands) including the common cold, influenza, sinus, throat and lung infections
  • Infected wounds, acne, boils, abscesses, dermatitis, psoriasis, septicaemia, mouth infections, herpes virus, warts, venomous bites
  • Vaginal candidiasis, urinary tract infections
  • Fevers
  • Adjuvant therapy to reduce chemotherapy and radiation-associated side effects

Echinacea is indigenous to North America and has been used as a medicinal herb for a long time by the many Indian tribes. The herb has been widely used and cultivated in Europe since the end of the 19th century. The three varieties of Echinacea, E. angustifolia, E. purpurea and E. pallida are all used for their medicinal properties with all three having comparable effects [1].

Echinacea is used in our Immune Tea.