Information on Echinacea

Latin NameEchinacea angustifolia
Other NamesPurple coneflower
Part UsedRoot, Flowers, Seeds
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, tablet, lozenge, mouthwash, throat spray, soap, salve, teabag, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsImmune system, Integumentary system
CautionsLong-term use in people who have chronically weakened immune systems may lead to further immune suppression. Commission E, an official body who has evaluated commonly-used herbs, has recommended that echinacea not be used in people with AIDS or chronic a
Botanical InfoA perennial plant with large purple flowers and cone-shaped spiny seed heads.
DescriptionEchinacea is a popular, non-toxic herb widely revered and used for its immune-stimulating, anti-bacterial, and antiviral activity. It enhances one's resistance to colds and flu (particularly when taken at the onset), is useful for septicemia and skin complaints (such as boils, abscesses, or carbuncles), and is used as a mouthwash for gum problems. Echinacea is taken for chronic infections of the urinary and respiratory tracts. It is also used locally as an antiseptic for burns, wounds, bites, skin ulcers, and eczema and psoriasis.

Echinacea has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of COOL, WARM.


Powder2 capsules 3 x daily
Decoction1 cup 3-4 x daily
Tincture2 droppersful 3-4 x daily

Ailments Treated by Echinacea

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Abscessimmune stimulantapply cotton pad soaked with tincture; take internally
Appendicitisimmune stimulanttincture, capsule, tablet
Bad breathantibacterialtincture, capsule, tablet
Bee stingsimmune stimulanttincture, internally and externally
Blood poisoningimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Boilsimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Candidiasisimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Carbunclesimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Catarrhimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Cholecystitisimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Colds, acuteimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Conjunctivitisimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Croupimmune enhancingtincture
Endocarditisimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Endometritisimmune strengtheningtincture, tablet, capsule
Fluantifungaltincture, tablet, capsule
Frostbiteimmune stimulanttincture internally
Gastroenteritisantibacterial, immune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Gonorrheaimmune stimulanttincture, tablet
Lymph glands, swollen--acuteimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Mastitisimmune stimulantinternally
Impetigoimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Infectionsimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Inoculation, side effects fromimmune modulator, blood purifiertincture, capsule, tablets, tea
Insect bitesimmune modulator, anti-inflammatorytincture, cream, salve
Kidney, infectionimmune stimulanttincture, extract or herb in capsules or tablets
Chicken poximmune stimulant, antiviraltincture, tablet, capsule
Mumpsimmune stimulanttincture, capsule, tablet
Orchitisimmune stimulanttincture, tablet
Pericarditisimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Pharyngitisimmune stimulanttincture, capsule, tablet
Pneumoniaimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Poison oakimmune stimulanttincture, capsule, tablet
Poisoningimmune stimulant, blood cleansertincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Rhinitis, acuteimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Septicemiaimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Staphimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Stingsimmune stimulanttincture externally and internally
Strep throatimmune stimulanttincture
Styeimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule
Throat, sore--acuteimmune stimulanttincture
Thrushimmune stimulanttincture
Tonsils, infected--acuteimmune stimulanttincture, capsule, tablet
Toothacheanaesthetic, immune stimulanttincture, chewed dried root as a poultice
Urinary passage inflammationimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, tea, capsule
Uterine inflammationimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Vitality, lowimmune stimulanttincture, tablet, capsule


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