Indigenous to the central United States, Purple Coneflower is usually known as "Echinacea".
A perennial member of the daisy (asteracae) plant family, Echinacea is one of the world's most important, and most popular, healing herbs.
Native Americans and early settlers used Echinacea extensively, believing it to be, among many things, a blood purifier, with the ability to treat almost any condition, including sore eyes, rheumatism, rabies, rattlesnake bite, skin infections, wounds, bee stings and countless other ailments. In fact, in the late 1800's, one patent-medicine purveyor, Dr H C F Meyer, promoted his Echinacea-containing medicine as "an absolute cure" for rattlesnake bite - the type of claim that gave patent medicines the name "snake oil".
Though it may not cure rabies or a rattlesnake bite(!), recent scientific studies have shown promise that Echinacea appears to be an immuno-stimulant, having the ability to inhibit viruses from entering cells, thus increasing the body's resistance to viral infections and bacteria, especially those that cause cold and flu illnesses.
It probably won't cure rabies or rattlesnake bites(!), however Echinacea is widely known for its immunity-enhancing properties and is of great interest to modern researchers, who have recently confirmed its usefulness as a natural medicine.
Its role in skin care is to protect, strengthen and support healing.
Skin Care Benefits:
Alchemilla Products Containing this Herb:
- Alchemilla Facial Treatment Essence
- Elderberry Clarifying Facial Toner
- Rehydrating Day Care Lotion
- Rehydrating Day Care Cream
Bath and Body
- Hand and Nail Care Cream - Lavender