What is echinacea?
Scientifically known as Echinacea angustifolia, it is a perennial which means it lasts for many years, herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. It is native to the United States of America, and it is well known for its therapeutic properties and for the improvement of health.
What are the characteristics of echinacea?
Its main features and qualities are:
- Achieve the height meter
- Black and spicy roots
- Narrow, purple and internal pale yellow flowers
- Spiny receptacle
- In other places it is grown as ornamental
- Only 10 of the 23 subspecies are suitable for humans
- The most popular are purple, angustifolia and pallida.
- All its parts are used in various presentations.
- Requires well drained soils and drought resistance
- It is multiplied by asexual form.
What are the uses of echinacea?
It can be used as a medicinal plant or homemade natural remedy, as a culinary ingredient and to decorate gardens. Also for the cold, soothe various pains and for wounds and burns. In addition to infections and strengthen the immune system.
Properties of Echinacea
Echinacea has alkylamide, alkaloid, antimicrobial, immunostimulant and healing properties. It also contains amino acids, beta-carotenes, riboflavin, polysaccharides, fiber, lecithin, minerals and essential oil and Vitamins A and C. It is also a natural antibiotic, anti-thermal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, appetizer and digestive. Also, choleretic, sialagogo, diaphoretic and antiseptic.
Benefits of Echinacea
First of all, this plant enhances the defenses against various diseases, is effective for the treatment of ulcers and provides energy or vitality. Additionally, it fights respiratory conditions such as the flu, cough, sinusitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, sore throat and many more.
It also fights skin conditions, fever, sexually transmitted diseases and migraine or head pain. It also helps eliminate cancer cells, stimulate appetite and increase white blood cells.
Echinacea fights infections of the vagina, urinary tract and ear. In addition to diseases such as malaria, rheumatism, herpes and among others. It also fights bacteria and viruses, improves and strengthens the respiratory and immune system.
In addition heals sore and wounds, it benefits blood circulation, among many other benefits.
In summary, the echinacea plant has long been used in traditional medicine for different treatments and diseases of the human body.