Echinacea - Well-known Immune Booster

Elizabeth Heck
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Echinacea is also called purple coneflower and is common to many ornamental gardens. The large, showy purple blooms are quite attractive and easy to grow.  It’s often grown for it beauty alone.

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English Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, is common to many ornamental gardens. The large showy purple blooms are really quite attractive and they're very easy to grow. It's often grown just for its beauty alone. Echinacea is native to the North American prairies from Texas all the way up into Canada. So think of what prairie plants are like in order to grow exceptional echinacea. The plants prefer full sun and warm weather. They also prefer well-drained soil and the soil can be poor. The plants can also handle droughts and the plants are really quite hardy. The species as Echinacea purpurea is the largest and most beautiful of the echinaceas. But Echinacea angustifolia is also a good medicinal. The purpurea needs a richer soil and angustifolia needs a poorer soil. It's best to propagate echanacea by seed by starting indoors early planting seeds in pots about six to eight weeks before the last frost. The plants grow quite large sometimes even up to four feet. You want to space them about 18 inches apart in the garden. The flowers bloom from mid to late summer and you can prolong that blooming display by removing any dead flowers. They are a perennial growing for multiple years and will also self propagate on their own by seed. Medicinally, you can use all parts of the plant. What I recommend is the second year of growing the plants, harvest the flower, seed and the leaf and then when the plant comes back up in the third year at the end of the year you can harvest the rest. It's important to grow this plant yourself rather than harvesting from the wild since it is being over harvested due to popular demand. Echinacea is one of the top immune enhancing herbs. It raises the body's natural resistance to infection. You can take it as a tincture or a tea but you want to take it in frequent doses at the first sign of a cold or flu or any respiratory infection in order for it to be the most effective. You can use it for bronchitis, sore throats, oral infections. You can use it for laryngitis, tonsilitis or excess mucus in the sinuses. Sprays and lozenges can be made for these purposes. Echinacea works by increasing the macrophage and T-cell activity which is the body's first line of defense against foreign antigens. It's also antibacterial and antiviral. Echinacea is an exceptional detoxifier by helping to cleanse the blood and the lymphatic system. Externally, echinacea is an antiseptic for sores, cuts, bites, stings and fungal infections.