All About Echinacea
Echinacea is one of the most used herbs in the world. All parts of the plants are used, including the roots, stem, leaves, and flowers. It is mostly used in herbal medicine for respiratory infections, sore throat and dental pain, and topically for wounds and burns.
Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea or E. angustifolia
Other Common Names
- Purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower
Echinacea is a purple, daisy-like flower used since indigenous medicine, and grown in the U.S. and Canada.
Both the above ground parts as well of the roots can be made into an extract. As a tea, steep 1 tsp of the leaf and flower in boiled water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
Polysaccharides, alkylamides, and glycoproteins