Echinacea is a genus containing nine species of flowering plants, part of the Asteraceae family, all of them native of North America. The scientific Latin name of Echinacea is Echinacea purpurea and it’s the most used, but Echinacea has also common names, of which often known is purple coneflower, but the flowering plant of Echinacea is also called simply coneflower or American coneflower.
Echinacea is an herbaceous, flowering plant, a tallish one, that often reach over 1 or even 2 m in height, with lanceolate to elliptic leaves and purple flowers of which heads are cone-shaped.
As we said before, Echinacea was brought from North America, were the RedSkins American Indians had used it more than other plant in combating common diseases, considering Echinacea a cure-all (as Ginseng for the Oriental old medicine). European specialists took over the American homeopathic discovery and now Echinacea is the most used immunity stimulant from all over the world.
Health Benefits of Echinacea
Echinacea is a medicinal and very useful plant and also one of the few medicinal plants approved by ESCOP (The European Commission of studying medicinal plants), who confirmed the therapeutic properties of Echinacea.
With external and internal uses, Echinacea plant has good benefit and helps a lot in preventing infections and several forms of germs. Echinacea healing effects have been both proved and confirmed by the specialists through different studies and laboratory tests. Echinacea plant capacities are of immunising the human body against external agents of decay, having antiviral antibacterial effects.
We think that we are saying everything by pointing out that the homeopathic doctor’s advice is to follow a preventive Echinacea treatment (with Echinacea pills or Echinacea tincture or Echinacea powder plant) instead of taking many other antibiotic pills. Why’s that?! Because the vaccines and other pills are responsible for healing a specific disease, but Echinacea is a “non-specific” activity remedy, increasing, in general, the human body capacity to fight against infections, all kinds of it, and, in particular, the human immune cells effectiveness in removing bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, including the killer cancer cells. There were studies recommending Echinacea purpurea treatment in HIV infection, for increasing the immune system.
With Echinacea external treatment, the inflammatory skin and any kinds of skin infections (acne, herpes, candida, psoriasis, eczema) are beaten off.
Echinacea is most used in the cold season, in preventing the flu, being known and often called “antiviral natural vaccine”.
Echinacea treatment methods
Echinacea treatment is consisting of preparing the plant and roots in many ways: as tincture, extract, juice, plant powder, tea etc.
Short-term, the most simple and easy administration method is Echinacea tincture, purchased from a pharmacy or traditional homeopathic drugstore. In a increasing the immune system treatment, it takes one spoon thrice a day, before the table.
Long-term, more efficient than Echinacea tincture is Echinacea powder, obtained by grinding the dried plant. Take one little spoon of Echinacea powder thrice a day. The administration method consists of keeping the powder plant under tongue for 10-15 minutes then swallowing it with water.
In external use, Echinacea fresh juice and the cream containing Echinacea are both a real remedy and they are applying on the body lesion.
Echinacea is a reliant natural treatment successfully used all over the world.