ECHINACEA


Studies suggest that Echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation & have hormonal, antiviral & antioxidant effects.
It is known to stimulate the white blood cells at the area of infection & contains echinacein, a substance that keeps the invaders out of the bodies tissues; it also increases the production of interferon which boosts the cells ability to fight infection.
Unlike antibiotics, which directly kills bacteria, Echinacea makes our own immune cells more efficient in attacking bacteria, viruses & abnormal cells, including cancer cells.

Echinacea can be used to treat urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, ear infections, athlete’s foot, sinusitis, hay fever, as well as slow-healing wounds.

Echinacea is also used to treat bronchitis, canker sores, colds & flu, ear infections, syphilis & herpes.
It is used internally for skin diseases, fungal infections, septicemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, venereal diseases.

It is used to bolster the immune system in cases of HIV/AIDS
Throughout history echinacea have been used to treat scarlet fever, malaria, blood poisoning, diphtheria, tension, cough, insomnia.

Echinacea is considered to be a most effective detoxicant for the urinary tract, circulatory, lymphatic & respiratory systems.

The roots & the whole plant are considered particularly beneficial in the external treatment of psoriasis, eczema & inflammatory skin conditions, sores, wounds, burns & sore throat, possessing cortisone-like & antibacterial activity as well as showing skin regenerating properties.
Used externally to treat herpes, acne infected injuries.
Echinacea also contains chemicals that are highly insecticidal particularly to mosquitoes & house flies.

A compresses can help to relieve swollen glands, inflammations of the veins, infected cuts, skin abrasions, burns.

North American Indians used root poultices for wounds, bites, stings & snakebites.
They gargled in for teeth & sore gums & drank decoctions of it for smallpox, measles, mumps & arthritis.

PRECAUTIONS:

Anyone with an autoimmune condition must exercise caution in taking an immune-boosting herb like echinacea.

A rare allergic reaction can occur in people who are allergic to other plants in the Asteraceae family.

Some people experience very mild stomach upset or dizziness.

High doses of echinacea can cause nausea.

Generally, do not use echinacea for longer than 2 weeks.

If you are treating a chronic immune-system condition, the usual recommendation is 8 weeks of treatment followed by one week off.


RECIPES:

Tea:
Steep 1- 2 tsp echinacea leaf/flower in 1 cup boiling water, or boil 1 tsp of root in 1 - 2 cups water for 10 minutes.

Tincture: When coming down with a cold, take either a tincture of echinacea root or the expressed juice from fresh E. purpurea above ground parts stabilized in alcohol.
Every 2 hours, take 1 - 2 ml directly or diluted in water.

Infusion: To 1 tbsp. dry herb add 1 cup boiling water, steep 20 min., drink in mouthful doses throughout the day, at the beginning of a cold or for general fatigue.

Wash:boil 60 g ground flower heads or root in 250 ml water for 15 min,let steep 1 hour,strain & wash wounds & venomous bites & stings as often as needed.

Powder:Powder dried seed heads or root as fine as possible & sprinkle over new or infected wounds.
Even better with other herbs like goldenseal,oak & wormwood.

Poultice:Mix powder with water until thick & place it on affected area.


MAGIC:

It was used by the Native Americans not only to strengthen their spells, but as an offering to spirits.

Echinacea can be used to strengthen the power of charms, blends or sachets & burned as incense.

It’ s also an excellent root to use in money magic.




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