Secret Garden’s Featured Herb: Echinacea
From time to time we will be featuring different herbs from the Secret Garden Herb Garden on our blog to spread the word about amazing herbs and how to incorporate them into your life.
Thank you to our guest blogger, Kelly Stanley from our Secret Garden Herb Garden!
Echinacea is a native North American coneflower, but is technically classified as an herb
When was it discovered?
More than 400 years ago by the Great Plains Indian tribes and was used as a traditional herbal remedy.
What part of it is used?
The entire plant is medicinal. Echinacea flower tops can be used in tea, Roots that are at least 3 years mature can be made into tinctures. Roots can also be powered and capsulated. Also a great alternative to store bought mouthwashes (gum inflammation). It is safe to use for children, the elderly, and everyone in between.
What are the main health attributes?
It helps the body produce more white blood cells so the body has enough to fight off viruses. Drinking a tea made from echinacea can greatly reduce the severity and duration of the common cold or flu. It’s also widely used for treating upper respiratory tract infections and sore throat. It’s also an effective anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and detoxifier. Echinacea isn’t the type of herb you take every day. You can start taking it at the first sign of illness. Most people use it like they would an antibiotic, just when needed.
The herb garden has Echinacea roots tinctured and ready as well as loose leaf echinacea tea.
Tea: $5 per 1 oz
For more information, or to place an order contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.