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Echinacea: The Common Cold Hero
August 15, 2017

Echinacea is a native North American coneflower that was discovered and used as a traditional herbal remedy for more than 400 years by the Great Plains Indian tribes. Technically classified as an herb, several species of the echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its flowers, leaves and roots. Echinacea grows on strong stems far above the foliage. It has high concentrations of volatile oils, while the parts that grow above the soil tend to contain more polysaccharides that are known to trigger immune function. 

The three species of Echinacea that are used as herbal remedies are: 

  • Echinacea angustifolia - narrow-leaved coneflower 
  • Echinacea pallida - pale purple coneflower 
  • Echinacea purpurea - purple coneflower, eastern purple coneflower 

Although there are hundreds of benefits from Echinacea, these 6 particularly stand out: 

  • Combats Cancer
    • The use of echinacea as another natural cancer treatment is now being recommended “alongside - or indeed in place of - conventional therapy.” 
  • Boosts the Immune System
    • Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent and reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half-days.
  • Alleviates Pain
    • Echinacea’s history began when Echinacea purpurea was used by the Great Plains Indians as a painkiller. To use echinacea to combat pain, drink herbal echinacea tea. 
  • Functions as a Laxative 
  • Aids as an Anti-Inflammatory 
  • Improves Skin Problems 
    • Echinacea benefits the skin superbly, including alleviating eczema and psoriasis. 

Echinacea is an incredibly valuable herb, and Independent Chemical Company, a chemical distributor located in New York, proudly supplies it. To place an order for the herb, click here

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