I met my husband walk all over the country, and It turns out to learn a lot about a person walking over 15 miles a day with them. At that time, he was a boy of 20 and something healthy eating (more or less) and sport and I was in academic and pizza (I know, I know … the accused and grains vegetable oils … yikes!).
discovery of natural remedies:
After our walk, we had the opportunity to travel to Europe, where my pizza and PB & J habit caught up with me and I got a cold ugly head in the flight.
is always one to be prepared, which was then my boyfriend had natural remedies with him on the trip and force fed me a terrible tasting Echinacea dye. dyeing tasting offered.
To my surprise, it worked and recovered fairly quickly (yay younger and natural remedies genes!).
moral of this story?
I definitely have not always been anywhere close to perfection in the department of nutrition site, so I was intrigued to learn more about natural resources. In fact, my husband can really take credit for me from research on nutrition a deeper level and learn about natural resources.
Echinacea was one of the first herbs that I researched and while I do not use it as often now, I am grateful that piqued my interest in a healthier lifestyle.
What is echinacea?
is a simple flowering plant and a member of the daisy family. More commonly known as purple coneflower, many people grow this powerful herb without even realizing it! The name derives from the Greek word Ekhinos (hedgehog), as the cone resembling a small hedgehog.
What is the use of echinacea?
Echinacea purpurea is the most commonly used as a natural remedy in folk medicine and species. There are 9 different species of this plant, although only Echinacea purpurea is considered a remedy. A couple of the other species are considered endangered so it is important not to harvest this plant without being certain what species is being harvested.
The flowers, leaves and roots of this plant can be used differently in natural color remedies. Native Americans used it as a remedy for hundreds of years and is re-gaining popularity in modern times. Those who live in these areas may be able to grow this easy plant to grow.
Benefits of Echinacea
Modern research remains divided on the effectiveness of echinacea, and there are some contraindications (such as autoimmune disease). I personally rarely use this herb more, but many people love this traditional remedy.
Of course, it is important to consult a doctor or medical professional before using this or any herb, especially in cases of illness, medical problems, pregnancy or children.
Some sources claim that this traditional herb can be useful for people with cancer, although more research is definitely needed.
The immune support benefits are much studied, but again, this can be a double-edged sword for people with autoimmune disease. A meta-analysis of data from the University of Connecticut showed echinacea can reduce the likelihood of catching the common cold by more than half. Even more promising, but also reduces the duration of common colds for more than a day on average
The book Nutritional Herbology says :.
Actions proven Echinacea are due to water-soluble polysaccharides. They act to sequester the attacks of various microbes and allow the body to heal itself. Upon reaching an infected area, polysaccharides have an immunostimulating effect, resulting in the production of leukocytes (white blood cells). The resulting leukocyte phagocytic action effectively eradicates of a number of infectious organisms.
In other words, echinacea can help encourage the immune system that can lead to faster recovery from illness, but this can be harmful to those with autoimmune disease. For those without autoimmune disease, there is some evidence that echinacea can help reduce the symptoms of diseases of milk
WebMD reports common uses :.
Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially infections of the upper respiratory tract common cold and other. People who use echinacea to treat the symptoms have the right idea. Research to date shows that echinacea probably modestly reduces cold symptoms, but it is unclear if it helps prevent colds development.
also it used against many other infections such as influenza, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, strep infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.
Uses of Echinacea
How do I Echinacea tincture?
a tincture is essentially an extract. alcohol tinctures are the most common and easiest type to do, though vinegar or glycerin work ( here’s how to change the recipe of a tincture of glycerin ).
To make a tincture of echinacea with alcohol, you need:
- A jar of clean tiny glass cover
- food-grade alcohol such as vodka or Rum – at least 80 degrees (or apple cider vinegar brewing vinegar)
- 1/2 cup Echinacea dry leaf (a mixture of roots and leaves)
- fills the bottle 1/3 to 1/2 full of dry leaves echinacea (or sheet + root). Do not pack down.
- Pour boiling water to just dampen any dry grass (a few tablespoons). (This step is optional, but helps to extract the beneficial properties of herbs).
- Fill the rest of the bottle (or the whole jar if hot water is not used too) with alcohol and stir with a clean spoon.
- Put the lid on the jar. Store the jar in a cool / dry place, shaking every day, for at least three weeks and up to six months. (I usually leave for six weeks)
- The strain through cheesecloth and payment of herbs. Keep the tincture in dropper bottles dark or clean glass jars.
As I mentioned, I rarely use this particular remedy, anymore. People with autoimmune disease to be careful in the use of echinacea or many other herbs. Chris explains Kresser
Why? Since the autoimmune disease is not only extremely complex, but also very individualized. Hashimoto in a person is not the same as Hashimoto in the next person. In one person, Hashimoto could present as Th1-dominant condition. In another, it can present as a dominant Th2. In another, both Th1 and Th2 systems may be overactive or underactive. And each of these cases requires a different approach. For example, botanicals like astragalus and echinacea stimulate the Th1 system. If someone with Hashimoto’s dominant Th1 take these herbs, which are very possibly worse. Moreover, antioxidants such as green tea and Gotu Kola stimulate the Th2 system, and would be unsuitable for those with dominant Th2 Hashimoto.
I only use echinacea if absolutely necessary with my Hashimoto and often use Vitamin C instead and garlic. If you suspect an autoimmune disease, be sure to use only the immune stimulating herbs under the care of a physician.
Echinacea they should not be used by pregnant women without the recommendation of a doctor, as there is no adequate research on their safety and because it can cause immune reactions. Nursing mothers should also be careful with echinacea and children should not use echinacea without medical care.
Have you ever used Echinacea? Did it work for you?