Echinacea Herb - Herbal Tea
Native strictly to North America Echinacea has become a popular medicinal herb found in most health food stores. Although known for their ability to strengthen the immune system and either prevent colds or greatly reduce the severity of the cold there is much debate on its effectiveness.
There are approximately 9 species of Echinacea; however, studies suggest only 3 of them are effective and used for medicinal purposes. Studies in Europe has shown that Echinacea has no effect on the cold if taken during the cold or at the first signs of a cold; however, tests in Maryland has shown otherwise leaving the entire study up for debate. The problem with the effectiveness of Echinacea seems to be in the species used as well as the part of the plant used.
Widely used by the North American Indians Echinacea medicinal properties grew in popularity through the 1800’s and Echinacea was introduced to Europe in the early 1900’s.
Herbal Tea Recipe
Echinacea tea can be prepared by steeping 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb in 8 ounces of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Echinacea Uses & Herbal Remedies
Echinacea Tea Benefits
Echinacea capsules and teas have traditionally been used to prevent and treat colds, the flu and infections. When using to treat a cold a tea of Echinacea should be drank at least 3 times a day for three to five days.
Echinacea washes have been used to treat acne and skin problems such as boils and athlete’s foot.
Historically Echinacea was used to treat ailments such as scarlet fever, syphilis and diphtheria.
If you are allergic to daisies or ragweed you may be allergic to Echinacea and caution should be made.
Continuous use of Echinacea will reduce or eliminate the effectiveness and Echinacea should be used for only 2 weeks at a time and then you should stop use.
Do not use Echinacea if you are currently taking an immunosuppressant.
Buying Echinacea for Tea
You can buy premium quality echinacea for tea and any other herbal remedies from our site through our preferred supplier.
Just visit our Tea Herbs section and you will be able to order small quantities of premium echinacea or large bulk wholesale amounts.
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