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Botanical Name: Echinacea augustifolia

Description: Echinacea (also called purple coneflower) is part of the daisy family, a hardy perennial found in North America grown for it's medicinal properties and daisy like purple petals.

Culinary Uses: Echinacea's leaves and roots have long been used to boost the immune system and help in fighting off infections. Echinacea's anti-septic and anti-microbial properties help to increase white blood cells to help in fighting bacteria and slows the spread of infections such as urinary, candidas, staph and the common cold & flu and upper respiratory infections. Echinacea also helps in reducing fevers and in treating hemorrhoids and boils.

External Uses: A tincture of the leaves or roots of Echinacea are used as a mouthwash for the treatment of gingivitis. As a salve or ointment, Echinacea has been effective for the use of skin ulcers, measles, burns, insect bites, cold sores, herpes sores, and yeast infections.

Medicinal Parts Used: Leaves, Flowers, Root

Medicinal Properties and Uses of Echinacea: Echinacea is most well known for it's anti-fungal, ant-septic, ant-bacterial, ant-viral and ant-inflammatory properties helping in reducing the onset of cold and flu and other infections.

Cautions: Echinacea is considered safe in recommended doses. Pregnant or lactating women, those with AIDS, Leukemia, arthritis, rheumatism and MS should consult a physician prior to use.

Echinacea Tea Recipe: Steep 1 tsp dried Echinacea root or leaf in 1 cup water. Drain and drink.

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