Echinacea Purpurea (100 seeds)

Echinacea Purpurea (100 seeds)

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Echinacea Purpurea (100 seeds)

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Echinacea purpurea, also known as the Purple coneflower, is native to eastern North America. It is a popular herb that is grown as an ornamental plant. It produces beautifully bold cut flowers in summer and autumn. It is also known to have tremendous medicinal properties! Echinacea’s roots, leaves and flowers have been widely used for the treatment and prevention of the common cold, and to relieve symptoms from some chronic diseases.

The herb contains substances that hold antimicrobial and pro-immune properties. One of these substances, called phenols, controls the activities of enzymes and cell receptors. This aids in the protection from infections and radiation damage (UV). Phenols also have antioxidant properties which promotes good health. Echinacea is also popularly believed to be an immunostimulator (immune-system-stimulator) due to its alkamide compounds. Some of the benefits of Echinacea are:

  • Fights cancer: Echinacea has phytochemicals that were found to be effective in combating tumors and is a recommended treatment for brain cancer. However, echinacea does not replace cancer treatment but may be used as a supplement.

  • ·Boosts Immunity: Studies have found Echinacea to be effective in reducing the length of cold and flu symptoms. Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells that fight infections and can cut the chance of catching the common cold by 58%. The herb was also found to reduce the duration of the common cold by almost 1 ½ days.

  • Diabetes Treatment: Echinacea can control your blood sugar levels, prevent blood sugar spikes and keep the glucose levels under control.

  • Fights Inflammation: Regular intake of Echinacea can help reverse and alleviate symptoms of inflammation. Studies have shown echineacea to help with a form of eye inflammation and arthritis.  Echinacea can also fight acne by reducing the inflammation induced by the acne bacteria.

  • ADD treatment: Helps with specific ailments associated with ADD and ADHD.

  • Treats Infections: This herb helps to prevent a slew of infections because of its immune strengthening properties. Echinacea purpurea can be used as a remedy for urinary tract infections and other infections of the upper respiratory tract.  Research also shows how taking echinacea can help in the treatment of vaginal yeast infections with the use of an antifungal cream.

  • Laxative: Echinacea may also be used as a mild natural laxative that can help with constipation and has a calming effect.

How to grow Echinacea

It is easy to grow in full sun (or partial shade in hot summers) and deep, rich well-drained soil.  Echinacea is a hardy perennial that survives very cold winters. Plants become dormant in winter and re-emerge in spring.

  • Sow seeds in rows of 30cm X 40cm at minimum
  • Water it well in summer and it will spread quickly to form clumps +-50cm tall and +-60cm wide. Divide overcrowded clumps in winter, if necessary.
  • Harvest and dry the plant material in summer, for use in winter preparations. 

These are the ways echinacea can benefit you and there are different ways to take it. But one common way is to take it as tea.

How to make Echinacea Herbal Tea

All parts of the plant except the cone can be used; including petals, leaves, stems and roots and a standard herbal brew

  1. Chop a quarter cup of plant material and pour over one cup of boiling water. You can also add the material in your tea diffuser.
  2. Allow the mixture to steep for five minutes before straining and sipping.
  3. Add a few drops of honey for sweetness if desired.

Dosage: Take one cup daily in winter for 10 days and then stop for 3 days before resuming. Stop altogether in summer unless you feel you are coming down with something. This will avoid immune suppression.

Add a little apple cider vinegar to the tea and it can be used as a gargle for sore throats as well as a toner for acne and spotty skins.

Echinacea Cream
This cream can be used to treat all minor skin ailments like pimples, rashes, itchy skin and bites.

  1. Chop up some plant material
  2. Combine it with an equal quantity of good aqueous cream and a few drops of vitamin E oil
  3. Boil and simmer gently for twenty minutes.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool a bit before straining and storing in a sterilised jar.

Caution: Always consult your medical practitioner before starting a home treatment programme, especially for serious ailments.