And, finally, the week #3 post on echinacea is going to happen!
The Native Americans used echinacea for blood poisoning caused by infected wounds, snake bites, and as a remedy for sore throats. It was, and still is, a very powerful herb!
You can take the tea right as you feel a cold coming on to help your body kick it, as echinacea has great anti-viral and immuno-stimulant properties. You can also use the decoction as a gargle for sore throats and a wash for athlete’s foot. To make an herbal decoction, simmer one tablespoon of dried echinacea root with two cups over water for 10 minutes, and then strain. Also, when taking the tea, adding honey to it makes it taste really good! The cool thing about honey is that when you add it to your herbal teas, not only does it make it taste better, but also helps the herb go deeper into your body, helping it get where it’s needed.
One thing to remember about echinacea is that if you use it over an extended period of time, your body will get used to it’s stimulation, and it won’t be as effective.
Echinacea is native to the plains west of Ohio, and in the North American prairies, though it can be easily cultivated in most gardens. For the most medicinally potent echinacea, grow it in neutral to slightly acidic soil.
I hope you enjoy using echinacea, it is one the best herbs to have as a staple in your herbal medicine cabinet!
Have a wonderful day, and God bless,