Health Benefits of Echinacea

Health Benefits of Echinacea

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  1. Echinacea also known as the Purple Coneflower has been praised for immune boosting qualities throughout the centuries. The plant is native to the United States. It was widely used by the Native American Plains Indians to treat many conditions. The Plains Indians introduced Echinacea to the settlers in the early 1800’s.

    The roots and leaves are processed by extraction to produce capsules, teas, liquid, and topical treatments such as salves. The nutrients in Echinacea include iron, potassium, enzymes and vitamins A, C and E. It is safe to take for several months. If you are taking it for more than a few months it is recommended that you alternate weeks taking the supplement with weeks not taking the supplement. You should not take Echinacea if you are allergic to any plant in the sunflower family.

    Echinacea has many health benefits including boosting the immune system. It can be taken orally or used a topical treatment.  Echinacea can be used to treat various skin conditions. It can help alleviate the inflammation of psoriasis. Acne can be treated orally and topically. A topical treatment helps eliminate the bacteria that causes acne and reduces the swelling. Taken orally it helps purify the blood to eliminate acne and other skin conditions such as abscesses. Echinacea can also be used a wrinkle treatment because it stimulates cells that smooth skin and produce collagen. It can be applied to skin infections, wounds and stings as well.

    The plant is reported to have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.  Echinacea stimulates the white blood cells and enhances the immune system.  The health benefits of Echinacea include relieving cold and flu symptoms. It can also alleviate some upper respiratory tract and sinus symptoms. It can help the healing process from tonsillitis and laryngitis.

    Echinacea is a very useful supplement to have around especially during the cold and flu season.  It is not a substitute for medical attention. It is good to have in the medicine cabinet and very useful as a holistic healing method.

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