Perhaps the most famous herbal remedies these days are made
from the Echinacea flower. Native Americans have traditionally
used Echinacea to treat colds, fevers, snakebites, and stubborn
It is believed that the early settlers adopted the Echinacea
plant early on as a popular home remedy to treat colds and
influenza. The plant was a popular choice with the 19th century
In recent years, Echinacea has grown immensely in popularity
for its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
Echinacea has also been used in AIDS therapy. The cultivated
purple coneflower is known as E. purpurea, but E. angustifolia
is generally considered to be the more potent version by most
The character of Echinacea has alternately been described as
cool, dry, and strongly pungent. Its constituents include
volatile oils, glycosides, antibiotic polyacetylenes, amides,
and inulin. The actions of the Echinacea plant are described as
antibiotic, an immune stimulant, antiallergenic, and a
Several parts of the Echinacea plant are used to create
herbal remedies, but the most common parts that are used are
the root and the aerial parts. The root of the Echinacea flower
is most commonly used to make tinctures or powders.
These tinctures and powders are used to treat many different
types of infection or inflammation. Many traditional herbalists
have used Echinacea to treat recurring kidney infections, as
well as to treat less serious conditions including the common
cold, influenza, and cold and respiratory infections. The
aerial parts of the Echinacea flower are often used to make an
effective antibiotic. These are usually taken in capsule
There are many applications for the Echinacea flower. For
instance, the flower can be used in a decoction. Simply take 10
ml doses every one to two hours, especially during the acute
stage of infections. Echinacea can also be made into a
tincture. Herbalists recommend taking two to five ml doses of
An Interesting Herb Fact
Making Your Own Herbal Remedies
Making your own herbal remedies can be a simple and effective way to treat common ailments at home. There are many ways to prepare herbs and create effective herbal remedies. The most popular ways to prepare herbal remedies include infusion, decoction, tincture, and syrup. Here is a brief overview of the most popular methods of preparing herbal remedies.
Infusion is perhaps the most popular way to prepare herbs into herbal remedies that can be consumed quickly and easily. Most of the...
Take the tincture every two to three hours for influenza,
chills, and for urinary tract infections. For more serious or
chronic conditions, herbalists recommend that standard doses of
Echinacea be combined with the appropriate herbs. For instance,
Echinacea can be combined with buchu and couch grass to make a
potent tincture to treat kidney infections. It can also be
combined with cleavers to treat mononucleosis. To treat food
poisoning or snakebites, roughly 10 mil doses can be used.
A special wash can be created from the
Echinacea flower that can be used to treat infected wounds.
Simply bathe the affected area with this wash several times a
day. Echinacea can also be used in an effective gargle. Simply
combine with warm water to treat sore throats.
Herbalists traditionally describe the
actions of Goldenseal as astringent, a
digestive and bile stimulant, a tonic, and a
Goldenseal has also been used to reduce
phlegm, to heal gastric mucous membranes, and
to raise blood pressure.
Echinacea can also be made into a powder that
is dusted over infected skin conditions, including weeping
boils, infected eczema, and other skin infections. One of the
most common ways of taking the Echinacea plant is in capsule
form. Herbalists and naturopaths recommend taking three 200 mg
up to three times a day to treat acute infections, colds,
influenza, urinary tract infections, and kidney