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What do you need to know about echinacea?
There are nine species in the daisy family Asteraceae usually called coneflowers or Echinacea. These perennial plants are grown in southern Canada and North America, but due to their easy adjustment to other areas, they can be seen around the world.
Plain Indian tribes had a vast knowledge about the medical benefits of Echinacea and used it for more than 400 years to treat sore throat, headaches, coughs, and burns.
The 19th century it is documented that Echinacea was used for the treatment of snake bites, pain, headaches and anthrax. With the popularity of antibiotics during the 20th century, Echinacea was neglected for some time but soon was once again listed as a powerful infection remedy. Nowadays, more and more people are interested in the healing powers of coneflowers.
One can easily recognize coneflower by its large, showy heads and its expressive colors, usually purple or pink. These flowers have tall stems and can grow up to 140 cm approximately. Their central cone that is often brown or pink is a seed head.
Why is echinacea a healing plant?
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The essential chemicals of Echinacea that have a therapeutic effect are glycoprotein, volatile oils polysaccharides, flavonoids and alkamides.
Glycoproteins are important integral membrane proteins.
The roots of coneflower contain volatile oils that are very popular in alternative medicine. For centuries, they have been used in skin treatments.
Polysaccharides are known for its benefits to the immune system.
Some studies show that flavonoids have anti-microbial, anti-cancer, anti-diarrheal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergic activities.
Scientific researchers discovered that alkademies possess stimulatory effects on phagocytosis and that they trigger effects on the pro-inflammatory cytokines.
Echinacea also has vitamin A, C, E, copper, iron, and tannins.
The most important characteristic of Echinacea is that this plant prevents the formation of a particular enzyme called hyaluronidase. This is of immense importance because this enzyme destroys a natural barrier between tissue that is healthy and damaging organisms.
Moreover, Echinacea is:
Antiviral – It destroys viruses
Anti-microbial – It destroys microbes
Antiseptic – It destroys pathogenic and putrefactive bacteria
Antibacterial – It destroys bacteria
Antibiotic – It stops or destroys the growth of micro-organisms
What can echinacea heal?
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Echinacea is used to treat:
Vaginal yeast infections
Urinary tract infections
Echinacea is used to treat:
Available forms of echinacea
The effectiveness that Echinacea poses in medical treatments can differ due to the forms of usage and the number of species used in treatments. Usually, these three species are used for healing: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida, and Echinacea purpurea.
Medicine can be prepared from roots, flowers and leaves, and is available in tincture, capsules, ointments, extracts, tablets, tea, and juice. In combination with the treatments suggested by medical officials, Echinacea can be used with other vitamins, minerals, and different herbs.
Echinacea: A natural remedy for cellulitis
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Most of the people are not aware that the cause of many infections is their vulnerable immune system. Once your immune system in weakens, any infection can threaten your body. That is also the case with the bacterial infection, cellulitis, usually seen on legs, hands, face and head.
The most common symptoms of this infection are redness, inflammation, pain, headaches, and fever that occur soon after a person is infected.
Echinacea is a popular antibiotic used to treat this infection. In any form or in combination with other herbs, the power of Echinacea steams from the fact that certain chemicals that decrease inflammation in the body are becoming more activated after the consummation, therefore influence on the reduction of the symptoms of infection.
On the other hand, Echinacea is a popular herb that can boost one’s immune system easily and quickly if consumed regularly.
When treating cellulitis, Echinacea can be taken on forms of crème, ointment, or tablets. Crème or ointment can be applied directly to the skin, while tablets, usually 500 to 1000 mg, should be taken with the medical supervision.