ECHINACEA (Echinacea spp.)

Echinacea is pretty well known as a North American Indigenous herb used for immune support during the cold and ‘flu season. Traditionally it was used for snake bite and according to well-known herbalist Mrs Grieve, it was used for boils, septicaemia, cancer and syphilis.

Although in modern times we are more likely to use Echinacea for upper and lower respiratory tract infections, it also has applications in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Ross River virus, mastitis, measles and mumps amongst others.

The use of Echinacea for these conditions is due to its wonderful healing properties:

  • immune enhancing and modulating
  • anti-inflammatory
  • blood purifying
  • wound healing (topically)
  • Detoxification via lymph

Thus Echinacea can be useful in the following conditions:

  • Upper and lower respiratory infections
  • Skin conditions including psoriasis, herpes, shingles
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Dental caries, mouth ulcers

If you suffer from any of these conditions, please call Shona on 0405 385 925 to make an appointment.