Echinacea Herb Lesson #5

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Echinacea is a wonder plant! There are so many uses for it, more than just looking pretty in your flower garden. Over hundred years ago the Dakota and Sioux Indians treated, snake bites, blood poisoning from infected wounds and hydrophobia with the fresh scraped roots. The Cheyenne and Kiowas chewed the fresh root to treat sore throats, coughs and ulcers of the mouth and gums. Unlike other plants the entire plant can be used. The roots are the most potent. Echinacea is anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-catarrhal, immuno-stimulant, alliterative and diaphoretic.

Echinacea is one of the best general remedies for helping the body rid itself of microbial infections. In concoction with other “guiding” herbs it may be used for any infection or inflammation anywhere in the body. (For example, in combination with Cornsilk and Uva Urs, it will effectivly stop cystitis and UTT’s.) It is often effective against both bacterial and viral attacks, and may be used in conditions such as boils, septicemia and similar infections. The tincture decoction may be used as a mouthwash in the treatment of pyorrhea and gingivitis. It may be used as an external lotion to help septic sores and cuts. It is especially useful for infections of the upper respiratory tract such as laryngitis, tonsillitis and for catarrhal conditions of the nose and sinus. In general, it may be used widely and safely. (Practical Herbalism, page 150)

Three of my favorite ways to use echinacea are as a tincture, a salve and as a tea. When taking it internally it is best to only use the herb for about a week at a time otherwise your body will become accustomed to its stimulation. My girls and I take it in tea and tincture form at the first hint of a cold or sore throat. That is when echinacea is most effective, once your cold has gone on for a few days it is rendered less effective. We use our salve on scrapes, cuts, bug bite and rashes. Here are some links to recipes and places to buy remedies containing echinacea.
Healing Garden Salve

Double-E Immune Booster

Green Salve Mix

ImLife Tincture

Health food stores are full of tinctures, salves and teas that you can buy. I find it much more cost effective and fun to make your own. I hope this gives you a few idea on how to get started using this amazing herb!

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday
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About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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