Echinacea or (Echinacea angustifolia) is a herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 4 feet in height. It has an erect somewhat rough texture stem and elliptic leaves that vary in color from purple to pale pink, white, or yellow. Echinacea herb can cut the chances of catching a cold and shorten the duration of a cold. Echinacea is popularly believed to act by stimulating the body’s immune system thereby warding off infections.
Medicinal properties include: Alterative, antiseptic, tonic, depurative, maturating and febrifuge.
Echinacea herb is an excellent blood cleanser commonly used for blood poisoning, fevers, carbuncles, acne, eczema, boils, peritonitis, syphilitic conditions, snake bites and insect stings, erysipelas, gangrenous conditions, diphtheria, tonsillitis, sores, infections and wounds.
Usually prepared in combination with myrrh, it acts as an excellent remedy by cleansing morbid matter from the stomach and to expel poisons, toxins, puss or abscess formations. When combined with myrrh it can also be used for typhoid and other fevers.
Prepare as a tea or use 10 to 25 drops of tincture every two hours in water or two capsules up to four times day depending on severity.
Other common names include: Sampson root, purple cone flower, black Sampson, red sunflower.