Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is a perennial native plant of the central and western areas of North America. It got its name from the greek word “echinos” due to the small thorns it has in its flowers. The natives of North America used the plant for curing many infections. Its use as a pharmaceutical in Europe begins in the 19th century.
In America after the pharmaceutical family business of Lloyd produced a range of preparations with a basis of echinacea, the plant has been widely used as a therapeutic for cold and various infections. Over the last years, the trend of using mild alternative methods of treatment has brought Echinacea once more in everyday life.
Ingredients: Organic Echinacea whole blossoms.
The chemical substances in Echinacea enhance the immune system, and have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. The beverage from Echinacea blossoms traditionally has been used for boosting the immune system and decreasing significantly the duration of flu and common cold symptoms (soar throat, cough, nasal discharge and fever)
In Germany, the over-ground parts of the plant have been officially declared as treatment means against cold, upper respiratory and urinary tract infections, and open wounds.
Directions: For herbal tea. Add one teaspoon of herb per cup of hot water and steep covered, for 4-5 minutes. Strain and enjoy hot or iced, plain or add sweetener to taste.