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Echinacea purpurea


Echinacea purpurea

PURPLE CONEFLOWER

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:
Protective, Strengthening


Alchemilla Products Containing this Herb:

Face Care
- 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

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References:

S A Shah, S Sander, C M White, M Rinaldi, C I Coleman, "Evaluation of echinacea for the prevention and treatment of the common cold: a meta-analysis", The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 7, Issue 7, July 2007, Pages 473-480

A Chevallier, "Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine", Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc., 2000

D Brown, "Encyclopedia of Herbs", Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc., 2005

M Tierra, "The Way of Herbs", Simon & Schuster Inc., 1998

M Castleman, "The Healing Herbs", Bookman Press, 1991


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