Echinacea has become a popular medicinal herb and has a long history of use. Echinacea is native of the prairies of Western America. Native Americans used echinacea to treat wounds, burns, abscesses, insect bites, sore throats, toothache and joint pains and as an antidote for snake bites.

In studies, echinacea root has demonstrated an antibacterial and antiviral action. It is commonly used to prevent and treat the common cold, flu and respiratory infections. Echinacea has been shown to improve the body's resistance to infections;stimulating the production of white blood cells to fight infection. It also appears to prevent the spread of infection.

It useful in the treatment of bacterial infections such as, cystitis, boils, ear infections, tonsillitis and laryngitis. In fact it is invaluable for any infection in the body.

The tincture or decoction of echinacea may be used as a gargle or mouthwash in the treatment of sore throats and gingivitis. It can also be applied to infected sores and wounds and to help the healing of old wounds and ulcers.

Echinacea spp.

Julie Padghjam, Medical Herbalist. Echinacea spp

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