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ECHINACEA - Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower, Black Sampson

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.

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