ECHINACEA


Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea, E. augustifolia

About Echinacea:

Echinacea, or Purple Coneflower, is a popular garden plant that is also found growing wild.  It was originally named after the hedgehog (Echimus) because of its prickly, cone-like center. The flowers are long lasting and hardy. A favorite of the Native Americans and made popular in 1870 by Dr. H.C. F. Meyer in his original “snake oil” recipe, Echinacea is still widely used today for all kinds of infections. It was traditionally used by the Native Americans for fevers and wounds with difficulty healing.  Today it is widely used and recognized as an antibiotic remedy and immune booster.

This herb may be used external and internally.

How to grow: From seeds, root cuttings. Self-seed.

Safety: Overuse may elevate blood cell counts and diminish therapeutic effects. Do not use if you have autoimmune diseases.

Medicinal Preparations: Decoction, infusion, tincture, oil, salve, mouthwash

Taste: Sweet, cold, tingly, stimulating.
Harvest: Late Fall.
Parts used: Roots (3-4 years old).

MEDICINAL USES:

Immune System: Immune booster, blood cleanser, effective against bacteria and viruses, lymphatic congestion, raises white blood cell count, septic infections with purplish skin or veins, swollen lymph glands, fevers, measles, mumps, chicken pox, colds, flu, strep throat, staph infections, excess mucus, diphtheria, typhoid fever, meningitis.

Respiratory: Upper respiratory tract infections including tonsillitis, laryngitis and nose and sinus issues, bronchitis.

Skin: Acne, boils, carbuncles, abscesses, slow healing wounds, canker sores, eczema, hives.

First Aid: Bee stings, venomous bites, blood poisoning, septic sores and wounds, poison oak, poison ivy.

Digestion: Gastric disorders and ulcers, inflamed intestine.

Additional Uses: Enhances circulation, fatigue, exhaustion and for general “run down” feeling, mouthwash for gingivitis and pyorrhea, mouth sores, ear infection, gangrene.

 

HERBAL ACTIONS

  • Antibiotic
  • Anti-catarrhal
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Lymphatic

Contains: Glycoside, isobutyalklamines, polyacetylenes, sesquiterpene, resin, volatile oils.

Note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice from your professional healthcare provider. Please consult your qualified healthcare provider for treatment of medical problems.

 

Calendula

 

Calendula-iStockphotoCalendula is a favorite, hardy annual with bright yellow or orange flowers which hold strong medicinal qualities. If picked regularly, they will bloom throughout the entire summer. The more you pick, the more they bloom. When picked, the blossoms leave a sticky resin in your hand. Frequently used as a culinary herb, it became known as the “poor man’s saffron”. Calendula flowers can be used in salads, added to soups and stews, or to omelets.

 

Latin Name: Calendula officinalis

Key Elements: Lymphatic & Wound Remedy

How Used: Edible (petals), Externally & Internally

Preparations: Food, infusion, tincture, oil/salve, lotion.

Parts Used: Flowers.

When to Harvest: June-September

Contains: Bitters, carotenoids, flavonoids, muscilage, resin, saponins, volitile oils, iodine (leaves).

Medicinal Uses

  • Famous wound remedy, especially swollen, hot, painful and wounds with pus
  • Antiseptic
  • Cuts, abrasions, sores, wounds
  • Burns, sunburns
  • Stops bleeding
  • Heals scars
  • Soothes pain and irritation
  • Earaches
  • Toothaches
  • Decreases inflammation of sprains and swellings
  • Stings and bites
  • Cat scratches
  • Helps rebuild connective tissue
  • Excellent remedy for lymph glands swollen with lingering infections
  • Enhances immunity
  • Blood purifier
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Old infections
  • Inflammatory digestive problems including colitis, peptic ulcers, stomach irritation, nausea
  • Liver and gall bladder cleanser
  • Enhances digestion, absorption and liver function
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Detoxifier for skin disorders such as acne and eczema, shingles, measles, chicken pox
  • Bacterial or fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot, thrush or ringworm, diaper rash, cradle cap
  • Mouthwash for gum disease and teeth
  • Eye infections
  • Hemorrhoids and varicose veins
  • Menstrual problems
  • Fevers

 For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.