The American coneflower has been known for its various medicinal properties.
Echinacea is a flower that’s native to North America and commonly used as a dietary supplement. They have been historically used by the Native Americans of the Great Plains region (1). The flower petals have a bright pink-purple hue with a brown-orange center and green stem. They’re commonly used in the form of tonics, teas, and even capsules.
Health Benefits of Echinacea:
Research has proven that consuming echinacea may prevent your chances of developing a cold but has not proven to shorten the length of a cold (2). It’s also high in a variety of antioxidants which are associated with preventing chronic inflammation and disease.
How To Use:
You can steep echinacea at home for tea. It’s often mixed with lemongrass or mint to improve the overall flavor of the tea. The leaves, petals, and roots are all usable for this.
Always be sure to check with your physician before deciding to add any natural home-remedies to your diet.