Healthy Herbs: Echinacea

Echinacea is a well known and popular herb used widely today. It’s primarily used for colds and to reduce flu symptoms, and you’ll frequently find it mixed with other herbs because it’s a great infection fighter and natural antibiotic.

Echinacea is most effective in fighting glandular and lymphatic problems, which is why you’ll often find people using it when they have a bad head cold. Most don’t know specifically what Echinacea is best for, but they have learned that it works well with these conditions so they use it often.

Echinacea works really well when you feel a cold or flu-like symptoms coming on too. It doesn’t usually prevent you from catching the cold or flu, but it can drastically reduce the normal symptoms that accompany them. It can also reduce the amount of time you suffer from cold and flu symptoms.

Since it’s an excellent infection fighter, this herb works wonderfully for ear aches, strep throat or lymph gland problems. In fact, if Echinacea is used in combination with Goldenseal, Yarrow and Cayenne, you’ll end up with a fantastic infection fighting formula. That’s why you’ll often find Echinacea sold in combination with Golden Seal at health and herb stores.

If you have low blood sugar problems though, or hypoglycemia, don’t take the Echinacea and Golden Seal combinations. Golden Seal is a natural source of insulin, so it can be dangerous for hypoglycemics. Instead try to find Echinacea mixed with Myrrh, or buy the two separately and create your infection fighting herbal combination.

Echinacea is also thought to be one of the best herbs for using to help with enlargement or weakness of the prostrate gland, and it can be used in combination with an herb called Chickweed to help with losing weight.

Many people don’t know it, but you can create a tea or rinse with Echinacea to use as a gargle. This works particularly well for strep throat, and it also helps with tonsilitis, mouth sores and sore gums.

It also works wonderfully in salve form for helping with eczema, insect bites and stings, general skin problems and wounds. Just open a gel capsule of Echinacea – make sure it’s a powdered or ground form of Echinacea and not some hard pill which has many other additives in it – dump the powder onto a small dish of some kind, then mix all natural aloe vera juice or natural petroleum jelly with it. This will make a paste, or salve type of ointment that can be applied externally as needed.

NOTE: Statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA, and are not made by a licensed medical practitioner or physician.

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