Purple Coneflower Root (Echinacea Purpurea)
Echinacea purpurea or the purple coneflower is a native of North America but it is now grown in abundance all over the USA. It is also cultivated in the UK. Well recognized for its immune-stimulant, emetic, depurative, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, the herb is used to treat a number of ailments such as sore throat, sinus, insect, or flea bites, boosting the immune system, earache, colds, and candida and yeast infection.
The Echinacea purpurea is a powerful booster of the immune system. It is most effective when it is taken at the onset of the sinus/ cold or gum inflammation or any type of infection.
It is an effective treatment for cold sores as it relieves the pain and discomfort caused by the herpes simplex virus. Owing to its anti-fungal properties Echinacea purpurea is used for treating candida and most other yeast infections. A combination of this herb with Oregon grape and goldenseal herbs enhances the potency of the remedy against viruses.
The fresh juice from the leaves can provide instant relief from insect bites, hives, and itchy skin. Best used externally, Echinacea purpurea needs to be taken frequently and regularly to be effective.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!