Echinacea is an herbal remedy that can be backed by most old wives' tales. While boosting the immune system, Echinacea can promote healthy white blood cell stimulation in the body to ward off viruses and bacterial growth. While there may not be a cure for the common cold, Echinacea is surely a tough component to this wide-spread illness.
Externally, Echinacea is used to treat eczema and psoriasis. Also an effective combatant against acne, asthma, bee stings, dog bites, ear infections, fever, mumps, poison ivy, poison oak and prostate cancer.
You may have seen it growing in a garden, the woods or on the side of the road. The purple-pedal flower is an herb in the daisy family. It blooms in the summer. Echinacea can be taken as a vitamin or made into tea. We like to drink it with a splash of soy milk!
Written by: Erika Fifelski was born and raised in West Michigan, and after a brief stint on the sunrise side, she's home and loving it. Erika enjoys cooking, sewing, vacuuming, and discovering new ways to live sustainably and support local businesses. Source: Natural Herbs Guide. Photo credit: izik