Echinacea1Credit: http://mrg.bz/YBccrk; By Karpati Gabor

As a firm believer in herbal remedies, I have confirmed, through much research and regular use, that Echinacea has to be one of the safest and most beneficial of herbs.  This herb can be easily spotted as an ornamental flower in many gardens. It seems that most people don’t really know how extensively that Echinacea can benefit us. Echinacea has been advertised mostly as a cold/flu or upper respiratory remedy, when in fact, it goes beyond that for this well-known herb. 

Echinacea has a long list of abilities and qualities that make it an excellent herb for regular use.  Not only does it fight viruses and colds but helps stop tumor growth.  It acts like a natural antibiotic but in a way that is a preventative as well as a remedy when you are sick.  It fuels the white blood cells so they can fight against infection.

Native American Indians were the first to discover Echinacea. There were about 14 different tribes all over North America that used this herb for many different reasons. This herb was taught, among many others, to the New World settlers by the Native American’s.

It’s important to realize that Echinacea is not meant to replace antibiotics but taken so you will have less need for them. Antibiotics are over used in many cases and this misuse does more harm than good.

Echinacea flowerCredit: http://mrg.bz/DJ8NcR; By Karpati Gabor

Besides the common ailments that Echinacea is well known for, there are many others you may not be aware of. One of the most surprising remedies Echinacea can be used for is bites and stings. Echinacea is known to work well for rattlesnake bites. To help with this serious bite, it would be necessary to take internally and to put full strength of the herb directly on the wound. You would have to take a full strength dose from the root of the plant and apply as a poultice to help remove the poison from a snake bite. This herb can also be used to heal most wounds and it’s highly recommended to keep it in powder form in your first aid kit at all times. It can be sprinkled on wounds before you dress them.  It does lose it potency quickly so be sure to replace it yearly.

Some other unusual uses that Echinacea can be used for are food poisoning, allergies, arthritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, herpes, and some staph infections such as impetigo.

 How to make your own liquid Echinacea (This is very easy!)

4-8 oz dried Echinacea – This should be fresh and be ground or parts

16 oz 80-100 proof vodka

 

Use any jar like a mason jar with a nice fitted lid. Pour the vodka over the Echinacea, put the lid on and shake it up every day for 6 weeks. It should be kept in a cool dark place.  After the 6 weeks is up, strain the Echinacea. You can use a coffee filter or cheesecloth to do this.  The extract should be put in amber bottles with a dropper lid. This will be potent for up to three years.  Make sure you label the bottles with herb name and date.

 

Echinacea is labeled safe but many people do not realize that it’s not safe for those with immune deficiency diseases. This includes any disease one has that attacks the immune system such as AIDS In these cases, you would not want to build up your immune system.

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