Echinacea is an herb found in scattered patches in rich prairie soil or sandy soil. In the Unites States, Echinacea is most abundant in the areas from Texas to Alabama, and in the heartland from Kansas to Nebraska.
Echinacea grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet. The color of the flowers of the echinacea range from whitish rose to pale purple. It has brown fruiting heads that are conical, stiff, and chaffy. The plant has a thick, blackish root. The two most potent species of this plant include Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea.
Echinacea is used as a traditional herbal treatment for problems in proper immune system functioning. The Native American Indians have used the Echinacea herb for several hundred years.
Echinacea Tea is prepared by simply infusing the leaves, stems, flowers and roots of the Echinacea plant in hot water. The natural healthy properties of the herb, principally the polysaccharides and echinaceoside, are transferred to the Echinacea tea during the infusion process.
In times of stress, in harsh environments or seasons, whenever the body is in need of reinforcement, Echinacea Tea may be used to supply the boost required to maintain the body’s resistance to infection, to mend injured tissue, and to stimulate healthy body functioning.
The following are some more well-known benefits of this tea:
- Can be used to treat the common cold, influenza outbreaks and mild to moderate infections of all kinds. This is due to echinacea’s actions in boosting the immune system.
- Has antiseptic properties and hence can be used to treat septicaemia and other impurities of the blood.
- Can be used to treat sore throat due to colds.
- Can be used as a supplement to the treatment of cancer and syphilis.
- Can be used to supplement treatment for haemorrhoids, as well as diphtheria and putrid fevers.