Echinacea for Improved Immunity against cold and flu virus

Echinacea has been used to increase immunity by native Indians. It has been used as a preventative for centuries against cold and flu viruses. Studies have found that echinacea stimulates the function of a variety of immune cells, particularly natural killer cells.

It’s easy to make a healing tea to improve your immunity against bacterial and viral infections. Its antimicrobial activity and anti-inflammatory properties are used in treating upper respiratory inflammation, rashes and swelling from bug bites. US mainstream market, Echinacea preparations are among the second top-selling herbal products, however most consumers are unaware that products sold under the term Echinacea can differ appreciably in their composition due to variations such as additives, fillers, shelf life or extraction methods.  Grow your own echinacea with a starter plant by Super Food Farmer to ensure safety and effectiveness. 

Best known as coneflower, echinacea is a wonderful North America, native addition to any garden. in USDA zones 3-8.

They grow beautiful, tall clumps with very showy, bold flowers. You can cut them for an inside arrangement as they last as cut flowers too.

 

Meanwhile, a study from 2020 indicates that a commercial product containing Echinacea extract could help prevent severe respiratory diseases. 

 

 It’s an easy to grow, drought resistant, perennial. Echinacea is self- seeding so it will grow back every year and keep reproducing more flowers. It must have good drainage and prefers full sun to part shade.

Echinacea is commonly purple and blooms in summer all the way to  fall. The nectar that attracts bees, butterflies, and pollinators that help increase the yield of vegetable and fruit crops by cross-pollination.  Wait until spring to remove the remains, letting the flowers dry on the stalks in the fall. Goldfinches will arrive in your garden to eat the seeds! This will also result in more abundant spring growth.

Make Echinacea tea :

The mature, dried leaves and flowers of echinacea aren’t quite as effective as the root, but they are easier to gather and dry for making tea. You could also just dry and store the roots to make a bitter but more potent tea.

Make a potent tincture from fresh Echinacea roots.

Harvest the roots and wash off the dirt. Using garden shears cut into little pieces. Fill ¾ of a mason jar with the cut roots and fill the rat of the jar with vodka. keep it in a warm place for 2 months, shaking the jar daily if possible. Filter the liquid out into dark glass bottle and store at room temperature. This can be your powerful go-to flu remedy.

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  • Check with your physician before taking Echinacea or any other herb as they can interact with medical treatments. This information is not intended to treat or cure any disease or illness. 

 

Echinacea Reduces the Risk of Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections and Complications: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.  https://www.avogel.it/pubblicazioni/Doc/Schapowal-Adv-Ther-2015.pdf

E. purpurea extracts have long been reported to demonstrate immunoactivity. Research demonstrated activation of natural killer cells (Bauer 1989). In addition to research on immune and inflammatory pathways, indications of antiviral activity have been reported (Bodinet 2002; Ghaemi 2009; Sharma 2006).

 

 

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