{ ECHINACEA ::: Echinacea angustifolia / pallida / purpurea }

{ ECHINACEA ::: Echinacea angustifolia / pallida / purpurea }


You’ve likely heard of this herb as it’s quite a famous plant that has crossed over to modern medicine beyond the traditions of herbalism. An open minded doctor might even suggest you take Echinacea as an immune stimulant.


There are 3 main echinaceas from the Aster family that are mostly used interchangeably, however angustifolia is considered the strongest. It’s popular today as an immune herb, but it was traditionally used in ways I’d like to explore here.


Echinacea is a cooling stimulant, like lavender or peppermint. This is an interesting blend of effects that can treat hot tissues that are under active. When a tissue is depressed (inactive) for too long it is unable to transport toxins out of itself and becomes septic & inflamed. It can then emit heat even though it is actually under active and malnourished. This is a great indication for echinacea as it is also antiseptic. Lastly since it is sweet in flavour it will nourish depletion, so is suited for times of sickness brought on by tiredness from overwork and stress.


When cells become exhausted and putrid, the blood will also become hot and inflamed and immune reactions are more likely including to flare up including auto immune conditions, swelling such as boils or abscesses, eczema, infections, and swollen lymph. In these cases Echinacea will increase white blood cells in the spleen to improve the immune response and vital force of the body to combat sickness.


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