Echinacea Angustifolia & Purpurea immune boosting health benefits
Echinacea is one of the most commonly used herbal remedies. It has been found to
possess antibacterial and immune-boosting properties, helping to fight coughs,
colds, viral infections, as well as upper respiratory tract and vaginal
infections. It also helps speed recovery time after an infection, with none of
the side effects caused by antibiotics. Both varieties of echinacea (angustifolia and purpurea) have similare health benefits although some herbalists prefer angustifolia or a combination of both.
Echinacea is used to prevent and treat:
The common cold and flu
Respiratory problems (eg laryngitis, tonsillitis)
Asthma (that worsens in cold weather)
Microbial infections (eg Boils and Septicemia)
As a boost to the immune system
As a mouthwash to treat pyorrhea and gingivitis
As a lotion it helps septic sores and cuts
Side effects and contraindications
Echinacea usually does not cause side effects and in general it can be used widely and safely.
However, some people experience allergic reactions, including rashes,
increased asthma, and anaphylaxis. In clinical trials, gastrointestinal side effects were most
People are more likely to experience allergic
reactions to echinacea if they are allergic to related plants in the
daisy family, which includes ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and
daisies. Also, people with asthma or atopy (a genetic tendency toward
allergic reactions) may be more likely to have an allergic reaction
when taking echinacea.
Adult tincture dosage
Using a 1:3 strength tincture take 1ml to 5ml three times a day
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