Echinacea plant

Echinacea plant (Echinacea purpurea) is a wildflower also known as purple coneflower. It was widely used by Native Americans and was quickly adopted by the settlers for many uses, including common cold, syphilis, and snakebites. Echinacea plant contains several beneficial ingredients that are believed to have antibiotic and antiviral properties.

Uses of Echinacea plant: Echinacea is used to treat bronchitis, canker sores, colds and flu, ear infections and herpes.

Dosage Information: Many experts believe the best Echinacea product to buy is the fresh-pressed juice (not the same as a fluid extract) of E. purpurea standardized for a minimum of 2.4 percent beta 1,2-fructofuranosides. This form, however, is not always readily available. Other recommended forms include solid (dry powdered) extract standardized for 3.5 percent echinacoside, fluid extract, tincture, and freeze-dried plant. For dosage information, follow package directions.

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