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A Spotlight on Echinacea

Feb 5, 2023 | Herbalism Blog

Echinacea’s healing benefits are famous. It is one of these herbs that you reach for in the first stages of the sniffles.

A bit of history

It was around 1870 when Dr. Meyer from Nebraska learned about the root of Echinacea Angustifolia from the Sioux and Pawnee that lived in the plains. Meyers experimented with the root of Echinacea and developed a concoction that he called “Meyer’s Blood Purifier.”

He trusted the new plant so much that he injected himself with the venom of rattlesnake and used Echinacea as an antidote for the venom. After repeating this experiment many times, recorded the result, and sent them to Dr. Loyd and Dr. King at the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, considered the highest level of a medical institute at the time. 

The good doctors believed Meyers to be a quack doctor and dismissed his reports. But Meyers was anything but stubborn. So he sent them a bunch of the black roots of Echinacea and convinced them to run their own experiments. 

By 1920 Echinacea became one of the most commonly used herbs in medicine.

Meet the plant:

Echinacea is a very known plant, but most people do not know that there are different types of Echinacea, and only one of them, Angustifolia, is a potent medicine.

Echinacea Angustifolia grows in the vast plains of America. It is the Echinacea Purpurea that grows in the meadows of the east coast. That is partly why white men discovered the medicine of Echinacea only when they settled in the plains.

Echinacea Angustifolia is very hard to propagate from seed. You can differentiate between the two types of Echinacea by looking at the leaves. In Echinacea Angustifolia, the leaves are narrow and dark green. The Purpurea leaves are much broader and lighter in color.

The black root of Echinacea is the part of the plant used for medicine. For the root to provide a potent medicine, it must grow for about four years. The root’s black color is considered a signature of septic conditions indicated in a brown or black tongue.

Echinacea’s healing benefits

Echinacea, contains alkaloids known as alkylamides, acts as an insecticide defense primarily in its roots, creating a distinctive ‘tingling’ sensation when tasted. While alkylamides don’t extract well in water, they’re effectively extracted in alcohol. For a comprehensive extraction, a double process involving water and alcohol is beneficial.

This herb excels in purifying the blood and lymph by boosting their flow, making it particularly effective for conditions like swollen lymph nodes in sore throats. Furthermore, Echinacea enhances the activity of phagocytes, white blood cells capable of combating microorganisms and eliminating dead cells.

Versatile in application, Echinacea proves valuable for inflammatory and infectious diseases. It can be applied topically as a mouthwash or directly to gums for gingivitis. Dripping Echinacea tincture onto the lymph nodes aids with sore throat and can be added to nasal sprays for congestion relief.

Taken internally, either as a tincture or decoction, Echinacea primarily boosts innate immunity, making it suitable for acute and chronic bacterial or viral infections, operating independently of antibody production.

Topically, Echinacea is used for boils, carbuncles, and abscesses and as a . douche for vaginal infections.

Safety: 

Echinacea boosts the production of white blood cells and stimulates the immune system. Therefore it should be used with caution (under professional supervision) in cases where the immune system is already over active such as in allergies and autoimmune diseases. 

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