WHAT IS ECHINACEA?
Echinacea [ek-uh-ney-shuh] is a flower found in North America that looks similar
to a daisy. Its close relatives are the dandelion and marigold flowers. Native
Americans have used this flower for centuries externally and internally. This
herb was very popular in the early 20th century, but fell out of favor with the
discovery of antibiotics.
Echinacea supports natural resistance.
Extracts of echinacea do seem to have an effect on the immune system, your body's defense against germs. Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections.
Many different parts of the echinacea plant are used. Anything above
ground, including the flower and stems, as well as the roots can be used to
create teas, extracts or can be made into a pulp or cream for external use.
The plant has a sweet taste initially, then a bitter aftertaste.