Echinacea has many benefits and uses, especially this time of year when the weather tests our immune systems. I think it tastes funny but cannot deny its powerful medicinal properties which is why it’s the perfect herb for the season.
Native to North America, Echinacea, or purple coneflower, is a beautiful herbaceous flowering plant that is part of the daisy family. The perennial herb can be organically grown in a home garden when full sun is available leading to a mid to late summer bloom. What’s more, is the entire flower is usable and is typically consumed as a tea (leaves) or tincture (root).
During the Fall and Winter seasons, when colds and the flu are more frequent, echinacea is a natural and potent cure. Historically used by Native Americans, echinacea helps strengthen the body’s immune system and resistance. Echinacea helps to:
- Alleviate sore throats
- Decrease illness duration
- Lesson bronchitis symptoms
- Reduce mucus
And is also antibacterial and antiviral.
When your yearly cold shows its ugly head, don’t hesitate to add echinacea to your regimen. It’s a great option.