This weeks herb of the week! Echinacea purpurea!
Thanks to everyone who guessed this fantastic herb on my Facebook page!
Eucalyptus, commonly known as purple cone flower is commonly found in gardens throughout North America (you can buy the seeds by clicking on the image below!)
I am lucky enough to live by Richter's Herbs and can attest to their quality! I buy seeds and seedlings from them annually!
Everyone has heard about using Echinacea when you have a cold but do you know why? This marvellous plant has numerous immune stimulating properties, which helps our immune system fight off nasty viruses (like the cold). Additionally, Echinacea contains antibacterial and antiviral properties!. Echinacea is therefore a one-two punch to those nasty colds and flus we get during the winter.
While it has widespread uses, there are a few instances where Echinacea should not be used. These include systemic diseases such as tuberculosis, leukosis, MS, HIV, Aids, and other autoimmune diseases. Also, if you are allergic to dandelion, ragweed or any other members of the Asteracea family you should also avoid Echinacea! Therefore as always you should talk to your doctor before starting an Echinacea supplement.
Once again an amazing herb, this time found in our own back yards!
That's all for now
Dr Kendra Clifford ND
The information in this post is for educational purposes only and should not be substituted for medical advice.