Healthy Living Tip #17: Echinacea

Echinacea is an herb with numerous health benefits. Part of my 31 Days of Healthy Living Tips series.

Health Benefits of Echinacea

Echinacea is an herb that is used to primarily fight colds and upper respiratory infections. The leaves, flowers, and root can be used in making medicinals from this herb.

Echinacea Uses

According to research, echinacea is most effective in treating the symptoms of a cold rather than preventing an infection of the cold virus.

This beautiful flowering herb can also be used to help with the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.

The chemicals in echinacea appear to have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties which explains why this herb is also used to help with skin issues including burns, bee stings, and psoriasis. Echinacea may also help with yeast infections.

Immunity Booster

Researchers at UM found that echinacea has compounds that boost the immune system. Which explains why it can be used to treat pain, hormonal, inflammation, viruses and fungi.  Echinacea also has anti-septic properties which is why some use it to treat sore throats.

Echinacea Sources

As with all other herbs, essential oils, and natural alternatives be sure and source your products from a reputable and organic distributor. I use Mountain Rose Herbs for all of my essential oils, herbs, tinctures, and teas.

Echinacea is available in powder, dried herb, tea, tincture, and capsules. The freshest source is always better when considering adding herbs to your diet so capsules are the lowest on the list of preferred delivery methods.

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