- Echinacea angustifolia,
Purple Coneflower, Black
This herb is native to the USA, but is
now cultivated in Europe. The American Indians used it primarily to
stave off colds and flu and would take the root tea of the plant when
first symptoms appeared. Studies have shown Echinacea root to be
antibacterial and antiviral! They also made a poultice of it for burns
(radiation burns), boils, and wounds. It stimulates the immune system.
It is a Commission E approved herb.
If taking capsules of Echinacea root,
take only when symptoms of illness appears and do not take for longer
than 6 weeks at a time. More is not better, though large doses won’t
hurt anyone. It really should be taken in small, frequent doses as
capsule or tea (tea every two hours). Taper down the dose after 3 days
when symptoms should abate.