Echinacea: Benefits, Uses, Side Effects
Echinacea, is more commonly named the Purple Coneflower. It is a very popular herb worldwide.
Echinacea has been used for centuries to treat various ailments.
Echinacea is an endangered plant, so you should grow your own or buy it from someone that did grow their own.
Parts of the Plant To Use
For the Tea - Cut the stem just above the last set of leaves. This can be done any time after the flower is open – I do mine at the end of the season so I can enjoy their beauty as I await the wonderful beneficial Tea to come. Strip the leaves and flowers from the stem and set them out someplace to dry. After they are dry you can store them in an airtight container in a dark, dry area.
Tincture/Decoctions. The roots hold the most potent part of the medicinal properties. Harvest the root in the 2nd or 3rd year of the plant's growth. You can dig up the whole root ball of the plant or just take pieces. Removing the entire root ball – in essence - Removing the whole plant, can allow you to thin out your Echinacea patch. If you choose to just harvest parts of the root ball, you can place the remaining roots back in the ground to continue to grow.
Decoction (Tea made with roots)
Once You Have Dug the Root - Wash it Extremely Well
Loaded with Antioxidants & Alkamides
Potential Side EffectsEchinacea products appear to be safe and well-tolerated for short-term use.
People that have common allergies to flowers such as daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds, ragweed may be more prone to experience some side effects such as
Consult your doctor first if you have autoimmune disorders or if you are taking immuno suppressive medicines as Echinacea appears to stimulate the immune system.
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