Also known as Rudbeckia purpurea, Purple Cone Flower, Kansas Snakeroot and Black Samson, Echinacea purpurea is a flowering plant with (usually, but not always) purple heads and is native to much of North America.
Traditionally Echinacea is considered an immune stimulant and anti-viral, and has thus been widely prescribed in the prevention of colds, flus and other seasonal infections—coughs, sore throat, sinus problems, bronchitis, fevers.
Echinacea is also recommended by herbalists in the treatment of allergies, some skin ailments (such as psoriasis and eczema) and conjunctivitis.
Note: Stimulation of the immune system is said to be due to Echinacea’s ability to activate the white blood cells, which in turn helps prevent infection by foreign bodies.
Directions for use: One of the best ways to use Echinacea Leaf and/or Echinacea Root is as a tea:
- Leaf Tea: Just add almost boiling water to a teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Echinacea Leaf and enjoy.
- Root Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of Earthfare Organic Echinacea Root, bring to the boil then simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.
For further information on the properties and use of Echinacea we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.