Information On Echinacea

Echinacea is used in aromatherapy for stimulating the immune system. This herb is good for the liver, lymph nodes and mucous membranes.

Echinacea is used in aromatherapy for stimulating the immune system. This herb is good for the liver, lymph nodes and mucous membranes. This helps fight infections such as coughs, sore throats, tonsillitis, skin inflammations, minor wounds, bladder and kidney infections and general infections.

Echinacea comes in many different forms; you can purchase them as pills, liquid, chewable tablets and as tea. Some of these preparations may be mixed with other herbs or plants; all these are good for promoting the immune system. The flower, the root and the leaves all contain immune boosting properties and are used in all forms of aromatherapy. The leaves are crushed and used in compresses, the flower is ground when dried and used in teas, and the roots are either boiled or shredded to make teas, compresses and can be used in baths.

In studies they have not found any side effects of Echinacea except some people are allergic to some herbal mixtures. If you are prone to allergies, you should check with your physician before taking any herb mixture medications. It is also recommended not to give to children because Echinacea contains alcohol to preserve shelf life.



When using Echinacea it is not recommended to use it more than eight weeks straight: take a week break and restart the herbal treatment. When first starting with Echinacea as an herbal treatment for the immune system, you will need to take 75 drops once per day for two days straight. You will then begin the normal dosage of 10 drops three times per day. This will help the body with its natural healing ability.

Echinacea can be made into a compress by taking a cotton cloth and soaking it into a solution of one part Echinacea to two parts water, then applying it to infected area. This compress will help alleviate infection in small cuts, swollen glands, inflamed insect bites and burns.

There is a folk remedy for fever blisters using Echinacea: just take a few drops of Echinacea juice and place on fever blister when just coming up, apply as needed until fever blister is gone.

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