Origin red coneflower
The red coneflower or Echinacea is known to most people as A. Vogel’s Echinaforce. He was one of the first to bring this plant to Europe and use it in his products. Echinaforce is therefore the best-known and best-selling natural medicine in the Netherlands.
Originally it is a native plant from North America. At the time when the Native Americans inhabited America, it was already an important medicinal plant. And has always been of value due to its blood-purifying effect on injuries, burns, insect bites and joint pain. Among other things, the Indians chewed on the roots of the plant, which gave anesthetic. Research has shown that Echinacea fights infections. The red coneflower contains analgesic, anti-infective and blood-purifying substances. It kills bacteria and fungi and increases the general resistance. To be used for cough, cold and swollen glands. A special plant to learn more about.
A lot of scientific research has been done on the effect of Echinacea. Various studies have shown that the use of Echinacea purpurea has a stimulating effect on the production of immune cells. Chronic stress causes reduced production of immune cells in the body. This study clearly showed a positive effect on the resistance and there was much less suppression of the immune cells.
The plant and the human
Echinacea, like other plants, has many different types. The most medicinal is the Echinacea purpurea, the one with the beautiful red-purple flowers. Echinacea is derived from the Greek word Echinos which refers to the spiky flower cone. The plant can reach a height of 70 to 100 centimeters and likes full sun. Today, Echinacea purpurea is cultivated all over the world. The plant can withstand drought well, but prefers not to be in the shade. Prefers a calcareous soil in full sun. The flower is purple-red and this color indicates that it acts on the nervous system and has a purifying effect on the blood.
According to the understanding of Chinese medicine, the plant provides comfort and warmth. The stem is hollow and this indicates the action on hollow organs such as the lungs and intestines. The hair shows that the plant works on the skin, hair and mucous membranes. The erect stem indicates life force.
The type of person that suits Echinacea is someone who knows what he wants and stands for something. However, he should not take too much on his fork or he will be struck down by the flu. The plant makes you assertive and teaches you to stand up for yourself.
The medicinal properties of Echinacea
Internal: Echinacea increases the resistance and makes the white blood cells more active. It is good for flu symptoms and colds. It has an anti-fungal and anti-allergenic effect. It is recommended, among other things, for Candida and post-viral fatigue. It is especially beneficial in cases of reduced resistance leading to repeated infections and resistance to antibiotics.
The anti-inflammatory effect of Echinacea helps to relieve arthritis, gout, and skin conditions. It is beneficial in gynecological infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and urinary tract inflammation. It clears the skin of infections boils and abscesses, relieves hives and eczema
External: a few drops of tincture in water can be used as a belt drink and mouthwash for sore throats and inflamed gums. Externally it is used in antiseptic soaps and antiseptic ointments.
A possible hypersensitivity can lead to anaphylaxis, asthma or hives. However, this is very rare. Always keep thinking about using natural resources. When in doubt, consult an expert in herbal medicine.
It is highly advisable for the body not to use Echinacea tincture continuously. A maximum of three weeks and then a minimum of 10 days to stop. You can also alternately take a period of 10 days and then not take it for 10 days. The average amount to take is 20 drops in a glass of water three times a day. Depending on your sensitivity and the reason you want to use it.
Echinacea is not suitable for use in tea. It is poorly absorbed in water.
Wishing you a healthy winter