A glass cup of red echinacea tea, with some echinacea flowers around the cup and on the table,

ECHINACEA

What does Echinacea Treat?

Also called Black Sampson, Black Susans, Hedgehog, Indian Head, Snakeroot, Red Sunflower, Rock-Up-Hat, Scurvy Root, and many other names, it is an herb also called Echinacea.

What does Echinacea treat? As an alternative medicine popular with herbalists, it is used as an aid in treating the common cold, ear infections and vaginal yeast infections.
Echinacea has not been approved by any Drug Administrative body as effective nor should it be used without consulting your GP or medical professional.

An American Indian in silhouette dances a ritual performance in front of a rising or setting sun as an eagle flies overhead.

But it has a rich history of being used by the Lakota, Pawnee, Cheyenne and Kiowa tribes for centuries as effective medicine for pain relief, ear- eye- tooth infection, sore throats and the cold symptoms.
Other uses lacking research have included treating migraine, genital herpes, bladder infection, ADHD, anxiety disorders and other conditions.

Best Echinacea Supplement??

Echinacea is sold as an herbal supplement but caution must be taken before buying. As there is no regulatory standard, manufacturers can ‘fill’ their supplements with anything.
Toxic metals and other drugs have been found in some herbal compounds, including Echinacea supplements.
Do your ‘due diligence’ and check everything before purchasing any herbal supplement, especially online, in order to minimise contamination.
One investigation by an independent consumer, tested the quality of Echinacea products and found five of the eleven tested, failed.
Four contained levels below the potency level stated on the labels.
One failed product was contaminated with lead.

Echinacea- Side Effects

It is unusual for Echincaea to cause side effects but even though these may be rare, some users may experience cases of stomach upsets and diarrhea.
It could have undesirable interactions with prescribed drugs and over the counter drugs, so use caution and speak to a medical professional before using Echinacea.
It has also been linked to shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain but these may have been caused by a cold or flu.
Up to 58 drugs or supplements may interact with Echinacea.

Our Recommended Echinacea Supplement.

Echinacea flower. Single flower on a green stem, light pink leaves facing downward and a large reddy orange bulb flower on top.

Echincaea tablets, oil and supplements are readily available.
But perhaps you want to grow your own?
Buy your seeds;
Plant out when they’re ready.
Put up your “Buy Echinacea Plants” sign when they’re bigger.
Sell the flowers.
Learn how to make Echinacea medicine, balm and oil.

IN CONCLUSION: If You Choose to Use Echinacea:

  • use it as directed on the package
  • or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider.
  • Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
  • It may ease the symptoms of a cold or flu.
  • Do not mix them up. If it says you ingest it, don’t use it as a cream and vice versa.
  • Do not use different forms at the same time without medical advice (eg. drops and oil and tea and ointment), all at once. This increases the risk of an overdose.
  • Visit your doctor if the condition does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.

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8 thoughts on “ECHINACEA

  1. Oh, this is good to know. I want to switch over to more natural medicine but I do need to be caution if it’s effects. I actually have a few of the issues that you said echinacea can possibly fix. I’d like to give it a try instead of getting meds 

    1. Getting on to an alternative and more natural medicine is the way to go, I agree. Like everything, there are cautions and things need to be adjusted with the advice from a good doctor; some think anything alternative is ‘Witchcraft medicine’ but they are there. 

  2. Nice and highly informative article. I’ve never heard of Echinacea and i’m overwhelmed at what it can be used for especially in the treatment of Vaginal yeast. I liked the fact that you added a caution to your post on the fact that many people mix other things to it as there is no regulatory body for it. And thanks also for adding its side effects and supplements. Thanks

    1. Thank you. While some alternative herbal medicines are 100% pure, others are filled with animal product or vegetable oils and reduce the effectiveness. As always, read the label, ask the questions before purchasing. There are many pretenders out there, trying to get your money!

  3. I have been drinking green tea for a few years so I am no stranger to alternative healthy drinks. I had pneumonia around 6 years ago and so I suffer a lot with heavy colds and chest infections due to an affected immune system. This is a great write up on something I knew very little about. Good warnings about consulting doctors and possible side affects before purchasing. A great review and I will be following this up with a discussion with my GP shortly. Well done.

    1. Good plan, Mike. Take it to the doctor beforehand. Some doctors are quite openminded and encourage alternatives and the holistic approach while others liken it to Witchcraft. Like a good mechanic; when you find one, keep 

  4. Thanks for sharing  this helpful article

    Echinacea herbal medicine is  not a new medicine, it has been used  and still used by lots of people and past  generations to  cure infections like ear, vaginal, bladder infections and also to cure illness like common cold, migraine headache and so on. I remember my grandma use it on me when I had migraine headache and it worked just fine😍.  Though one  must  use it with professionals prescription to avioid  more arising problems. 

    My question is

    How huge is the side effect? 

    1. Some side effects have been reported such as fever, nausea, vomiting, bad taste, stomach pain, diarrhea, sore throat, dry mouth, headache, numbness of the tongue, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, a disoriented feeling, and joint and muscle aches. In rare cases, echinacea has been reported to cause inflammation of the liver. As always, stick with the recommended dose and continue to consult your GP throughout. Thanks for your comments.

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