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    Superfood Spotlight: Echinacea

    Hello My Name Is: Echinacea

    Tell us About Yourself: Echinacea is a purple coneflower and is the best known herb for stimulating the immune system. Echinacea was used
    frequently by Native American tribes for a wide variety of conditions. At least 14 tribes used echinacea for ailments such as coughs, colds,
    sore throats and infections. It was even used by the Dakotas as a veterinary medicine for their horses. In 1887, echinacea was introduced into US medical practice, and has since grown in popularity globally.

    What Do You Bring To The Plate: Thousands of Europeans and Americans use echinacea against colds, flu, minor infections and other major and minor ailments. It has been used to treat some of the following:

    • Colds, coughs and flu and other upper respiratory conditions
    • Enlarged lymph glands, sore throat
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Other minor infections
    • May help combat herpes and candida
    • Wounds, skin regeneration and skin infections (external use)
    • Psoriasis, eczema and inflammatory skin conditions

    Let’s Get Together: Echinacea is available in capsules containing a powder of the dried plant or root, and also as a tincture (an alcohol-based preparation). In some cases, people drink pressed juice from fresh plants. For treating skin conditions, special preparations containing pressed juice are used.

    Soothing Nighttime/Immune Boosting Beverage

    • 2 cups boiling water
    • 1 teaspoon dried echinacea fresh edible flower (or roots)
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
    • 1 lemon, juice of, freshly squeezed
    • 1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)
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    1. Can you use an echinacea capsule for this recipe and is it ok to add a tea bag and honey?

      Susan Libas | 11.01.2013 | Reply

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