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Natural Home Remedies, Echinacea

Updated on May 2, 2012
Photo Of Echinacea Flower
Photo Of Echinacea Flower
As You Can See In This Close Up Of The Head Of A Echinacea Flower It Does Resemble A Sea Urchin.
As You Can See In This Close Up Of The Head Of A Echinacea Flower It Does Resemble A Sea Urchin.

Echinacea: Growing Coneflower Succesfully

Natural Home Remedies, Echinacea

Echinacea is also known as purple cone flowers. It is a member of the daisy family. You will find the plant growing wild in some parts of North America. I live in North Carolina and it is growing all over the field right down the road. In North America the plant grows in early to late summer.

The plant is used by some people for herbal remedies and some people grow the plant for its beautiful showy flowers. The word Echinacea originated with the Greeks and it means sea urchin. If you look at the close up of the head of one of these flowers above you'll quickly see why they would think it looks like a sea urchin.

Echinacea Can Stop You From Catching The Common Cold Or Flu.

In 2007 there was a study done at the University of Connecticut that concluded that if you take Echinacea on a regular daily basis that you can cut your chances of catching the common cold or flu by as much as half and that if you are taking vitamin C at the same time your chances are even better that you won't catch the common cold or flu. If you know you have the cold or flu and then start taking vitamin C it should cut the duration of the cold or the flu.

During the flu and cold season its very important that you wash your hands including your arms up to your elbows any time you enter your home from the outside. Use liquid hand sanitizer often. Be sure to wash phones and door knobs anytime anyone else uses them with a strong antibacterial spray or soap. In most homes the phone is the dirtiest thing in the home.

It is strongly believed by most people that echinacea stimulates the bodies immune system and cause the human immune system to be able to fight off the common cold, flu and etc. much more easily. In most parts of Europe the plant, its juices, and it's extracts are approved for use in the prevention of the common cold and flu.

Let me caution you here though that when you buy teas or other products that contain echinacea don't fall for marketing or hype and buy a product that is mostly fillers or additives. Insist on all natural products when you purchase any herbal supplement or herbal tea that you want a all natural product. You really do need to use caution with what you purchase or you may end up with a product with no echinacea or only a little echinacea.

Dry Your Own Echinacea And Make Your Own Tea.

If you have access to freshly grown echinacea you are a lot better off to dry your own and make your own tea. If you do make your own tea make sure that you bring your tea almost to a boil but do not let it boil. Right before it boils remove it from the heat and set it off to the side. Let it set there and steep and the good essential parts of the echinacea will go out into your tea so you can drink them in your tea.

Native Americans Used Echinacea For Colds, Flu, And Their Immune Systems.

The Native Americans knew all about the health benefits of echinacea and they made a tea out of the echinacea and as soon as they knew that anyone in their family was sick they gave them the tea to drink and everyone else also drank the tea. It would seem that the Native Americans were very aggressive with their herbal treatments.

Did The Native Americans Discover Penicillin.

The Native Americans also ground the flowers and roots of the echinacea into a paste to apply to wounds, burns, and insect bites. It's interesting to note that Native American Medicine Men really did know how to treat people with medicines that they knew worked. The Mandan Indians in the North American plains ground dried out buffalo bones into dust and gave it to older women as a calcium supplement. And this was going on hundreds of years before any white man showed up in North America. The Native American Medicine Men really did know how to practice medicine. In the early 1800's it's now known that Sioux Medicine Men discovered that penicillin grew on bread and that if you gave that bread to sick people they would quite often get better. The Native Americans didn't know the name for penicillin or what it was exactly but they did know it worked. Penicillin was not discovered by the white man until 1928. But there are many accounts of Sioux and Cheyenne Medicine Men using it as early as 1812. Just thought that was really interesting.

Early American settlers treated people with scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, and diphtheria with tea made from echinacea. It was not until the 1918 Flu outbreak that many people across the American west were treated with echinacea tea and it is believed that it saved many peoples lives. But in America after the discovery of antibiotics no further research on echinacea was done for many years.

Germany Did Extensive Research Into The Health Benefits Of Echinacea.

However in Europe and especially in Germany there was much research done into the health benefits of echinacea. By the 1930s the Germans had broken the echinacea plant down and they knew not only that it did work but they also knew what did make it work. In the Second World War powdered echinacea in small paper bags was handed out to be used by the German soldiers if they found themselves coming down with a cold or flu.

Echinacea Contains Huge Amounts Of Vitamin A, C, And E.

The Germans found that that echinacea contained huge amounts of vitamins A, C, and E and that it was these strong antioxidants that prevented the cold and flu in people and helped them to get over it quicker if they already had the cold or flu. It is a very well known fact that antioxidants keep people from becoming sick.

You will hear that there are no side effects to echinacea but this is just simply not true. Some people especially the very young and the elderly can have strong allergic reactions to echinacea so keep this in mind. Give a person just a few sips of the tea and watch the person carefully to see if there is going to be an allergic reaction. If there is any allergic reaction at all do not give that person any more echinacea tea or any product containing it.

Herbal Plant Remedies : Herbs: Echinacea

Flower Gardens : How to Grow Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea)

Natural Home Remedies, Echinacea

In Germany echinacea is approved to treat upper respiratory infections, colds, urinary tract infections, and wounds that are slow to heal. Currently there are several research projects around Europe into the fact that echinacea seems to be able to heal wounds that are slow to heal. This is particularly important with insulin dependent diabetics that have wounds that will not heal.

The Germans believe that echinacea enhances the bodies ability to be able to fight off diseases. It would have been wonderful if the United States government would have done extensive research into herbal treatments like Germany did and continues to do.

The Germans and the Native Americans have proved that echinacea does act as a natural antibiotic that is known to suppress viruses, and that echinacea stimulates the activation of T-Cells which are natural bacteria killers.

If you get a mild to bad sunburn you should start drinking echinacea tea because the tea has a soothing and healing effect on the sun burn and skin damage. Echinacea is also known to be able to heal psoriasis, and eczema. It also works great on ear infections and yeast infections. The Native Americans are known to have treated people with urinary tract infections and yeast infections with the ground root of the echinacea. There needs to be extensive independent research into all the possible uses for echinacea.

Did you know that some of the women accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials were accused of being witches because they could cure people of illnesses using echinecea. Can you even imagine that.

It is said that echinacea is just simply a miracle cure for people with sinus infections. There are people all over the world who will tell you that echinacea will cure sinus infections better than anything else they have ever taken.

There is enough evidence out there that we know that echinacea does work and that with urinary tract infections and sinus infections that it works very well. When combined with other herbs it becomes almost a miracle herb working for some people much better than prescription antibiotics. And with about 99 percent of all people there are no ill effects from taking products that are made up of echinacea products. But be sure to watch for allergic reactions from about 1 percent of people.

This Hub Page Is For Information Purposes Only

This Hub Page is offered for information purposes only and is in no way medical advice. Herbal medicine works and works great but you need to work with your doctor with herbal medicine. If your doctor doesn't want to work with you with herbs and herbal medicine find a doctor or herbal practitioner who will. Or consider becoming a herbal practitioner yourself.

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    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for another wonderful, informative hub.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes there are some people allergic and it would be the ones allergic to ragweed.

      I appreciate all the great comments. American Indian Medicine Men really did know a lot. It still amazes me at what they knew.

      I have Echinacea planted in my garden and it is a wonderful herb.

      Again thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.

    • Pamela N Red profile image

      Pamela N Red 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great information. Medicine men did a good job of healing people long before modern medicine.

      I can't take echinacea because I'm allergic to rag weed. If a person has this allergy it can actually make their symptoms worse. For most people it helps and makes them better.

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      Joana e Bruno 

      6 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, very interesting, I had never heard of Echinacea before, but it sure seems a good natural remedy... Next time I come down with a cold, I'll try it. Voted up and useful and sharing... Have a good day!

    • hydenz123 profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      Very informative post.Reading the healthy benefits of Echinacea I am definitely thinking of planting this at my home.It will help me to keep my family healthy and make their immune power more strong :)


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