Echinacea is a native of North America. For centuries, folk healers are using Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower for curing several ailments. Recent studies have confirmed the role of Echinacea in treating a number of diseases.
Nutrients in Echinacea
Echinacea is a good source of vitamins A, C and E, potassium, iron, iodine and copper. Beneficial plant chemicals present in this herb include phenols, flavonoids, alkylamides and polysaccarides.
Treatment For Cold
As soon as you get common cold, take Echinacea for speedy recovery. Although, Echinacea could not prevent cold, but nonetheless, it can help to make the symptoms of cold less severe. Echinacea can be used for treating upper respiratory tract infections and sinusitis.
Strengthens Immune System
Need a strong immune system? Have Echinacea. Studies have found that this herb increases the action of macrophages or white blood cells. With the help of Echinacea, white blood cells can effectively combat invading virus, bacteria and fungi.
Moreover, Echinacea further strengthens our immune system by enhancing the action of T-lymphocytes. This herb is therefore beneficial in treating infections including genital herpes, vaginal yeast and even cancer. Echinacea is also useful for treating urinary tract infection, hay fever, ear infections, piles and enlarged prostrate gland.
Native American folk healers use Echinacea for healing wounds. It speeds up growth of new tissues by triggering development of fibroblasts. Echinacea is a natural antibiotic. It also prevents germs from infecting wounds. It also reduces inflammation and decreases pain associated with external wounds. The healing property of Echinacea is further utilized in the treatment burns, eczema, psoriasis, cold sores and herpes.
When to avoid Echinacea
However, people suffering from autoimmune disease should avoid Echinacea. This herb activates the immune system, which could worsen the condition of people suffering from autoimmune diseases. People taking drugs for suppressing immune system should avoid Echinacea. Echinacea could trigger allergy in people allergic to plants of the aster family.
You can take Echinacea in the form of tea. Boil one to two teaspoons of Echinacea in water for ten to fifteen minutes. Drink this tea regularly, two to three times a day, to cure your infections and strengthen your immune system.