Echinacea is a must have natural remedy to keep close at all times. It’s virtually a ‘cure all’ type remedy that was used by Native Americans for over 400 years to treat all sorts of nasty diseases, some we thankfully don’t see too much of today. I also hold it in high esteem because it’s helped keep my family off antibiotics for the past 20 years, so it’s a natural remedy I often recommend!
Today Echinacea is more commonly used to treat common cold and flu symptoms along with anything that may directly affect your immunity, or any healing process, including the treatment of infections and wounds. The reason Echinacea is so effective is because of it’s ability to stimulate the immune system, it helps stimulate fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells that are involved in repair. Enchinacea also activates the process of bacterial scavenging by special white blood cells, this is called phagocytosis.
What this means is that it helps the body attack viruses and bacteria that may lead to infection and illness.
Echinacea Is Great For The Winter Blues
When winter comes along, Echinacea is definitely a remedy you want on hand at all times. Many people rush off to the doctor for antibiotics at these times but the thing many people don’t realise is that antibiotics don’t work on viruses. So why overload your body with toxic chemicals when you can use Echinacea to effectively boost your immune system and act as a natural antibiotic. Some research has even shown that Echinacea can reduce your chances of getting common colds by 58% and it reduces the time of the cold too.
That’s good enough reason to take it don’t you think?
Echinacea has been my number one go to remedy, along with vitamin C and astragalus for treating all colds and flus with my family and kids for years.
Conditions Echinacea Can Help
- Colds and flus
Slow healing wounds
Any kind of infection or illness that attacks the immune system
Urinary tract infections
Swollen lymph glands
Echinacea As A Remedy
Echinacea can be taken as a liquid and often comes in a combo with goldenseal, it is also used as an ointment, taken to sooth the throat with lozenges, and you can even drink it as a tea. The best time to take it is if you feel the symptoms of any infection or illness coming on. Take it aggressively for a few days and combine it with vitamin C for added effectiveness.
The one thing you need to know about Echinacea is that if you take it too long, it can become ineffective. Only use it when you have to or as a preventative remedy. Tests have shown that taking Echinacea for more than 8 weeks will dull its effectiveness. So try to take it for no more than a few weeks at a time. If you still have symptoms, stop for a week and then take again for few more weeks etc.
My kids have all been raised on this stuff and none of them have had antibiotics. So if you want a powerful immune booster, opt for Echinacea every time 🙂
Nutrition & Health Coach