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Herb of the Week: Echinacea

Filed Under: Herbs at 10:05 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs used in herbal medicines. The plant, also known as Purple Coneflower, has been used for medicinal purposes for many years. Native Americans used Echinacea for a variety of conditions, including venomous bites and other external wounds.

This beautiful and colorful native plant is now largely use to support the immune system. Studies have found that Echinacea may not only help reducing symptoms of an existing cold but may also lower the risk of catching a cold.

Our immune system is exposed to so many different challenges on a daily basis. Most people work in air controlled offices with very little air circulation. If one coworker has a cold, a chain reaction can be easily started, making several coworkers sick as well. Kids at home? Even higher chances, as children are more likely to bring several viruses home from school or playgrounds.

Most people do not wash their hands properly and as often as they should. Dirty hands are one of the highest forms of virus spreading. Washing hands frequently and correctly would prevent many infections, but if adults can’t normally do it, how can we expect our kids to have proper hygiene practices?

Colds can be treated in many different ways, taking immune support drops or syrups may be a good start. Many cold and cough drops now are available with Echinacea and the majority of them have been top sellers at health food stores and websites.

Consider an immune system supplement if you still can’t get rid of your cold, as most products might be able to quickly make you feel a lot better. The herb, in minimal dosages, is also safe for kids with plenty of products available.

Echinacea may offer more benefits, as this powerful herb may help with gingivitis, bronchitis, cold sores, ear infections, and wound healing (topical use).

 2 Comments, latest by Stephanie

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2 Responses to “Herb of the Week: Echinacea”

  1. Michelle says:

    Commenting usually isnt my thing, but ive spent an hour on the site, so thanks for the info.

  2. Stephanie says:

    This is not bad advice, unlike a lot I have come across.

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