🌿Herb of the week: Echinacea🌿

Echinacea is a native North American coneflower that was discovered and used as a traditional herbal remedy for more than 400 years by the Great Plains Indian tribes.

Before the introduction of antibiotics in 1950, echinacea held a respected medicinal status. Lately it has even made a comeback as herbal sales begin to soar; making it a 28 million dollar a year industry.

What makes this herb so special?

Many of Echinacea’s chemical constituents are powerful immune system simulators and benefits to taking this herb include:

1.Proven to help combat brain cancer.
“medicinal value of phytochemicals contained in Echinacea is clearly evident and indicates that these agents, as well as phytochemicals not yet discovered in other herbs, may be valuable tools to combat tumors.”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2668539/

1) Helps to boost the Immune system.
Published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, the University of Connecticut performed a meta-analysis study that evaluated 14 studies and determined that:

• Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent.

• Echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days.

Craig Coleman, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and lead author of the study, added that, “The take home message from our study is that echinacea does indeed have powerful cold prevention and cold treatment benefits.”
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/841315/
https://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_ecpu.pdf

1) Helps to Alleviate Pain Associated with:**
Bowels
Headaches
Toothaches
HSV
Sore Throats
Stomach Aches
Snake Bites
Tonsilitis

2) Works as a Laxative.
**http://medherb.com/Materia_Medica/Echinacea_-_Effects_on_white_blood_cells.htm

3) Anti Inflammatory
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19107735%5D
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19107735)

4) Helps Skin Problems
In a paper prepared by Armando González Stuart, PhD, about herbal safety, it describes how echinacea has been used by various Native American tribes to treat:

• Arthropod bites

• Eczema

• Inflammatory skin conditions

• Psoriasis

• Snake bite

• Skin infections

• Stings

• Wound healing
https://www.utep.edu/herbal-safety/

1) Helps to Relieves Upper Respiratory Infections
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26364938

Side Effects:
It has been “reported” that high doses of echinacea can sometimes cause nausea and dizziness, more so in those who have allergies.

Which products from Earthley contain Echinacea?
Feel Better Fast
Immune Biotic Herbal Extract
Digest Ease
Anti Inflammatory

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This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.

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