Echinacea is a sub group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. The genus Echinacea contains ten different species in total.
Also known as:- Purple Cone Flower, Black Sampson, Black Susans, Fleur à Hérisson, Hedgehog, Igelkopfwurzel, Indian Head, Kansas Snakeroot, Roter Sonnenhut, Rudbeckie Pourpre, Scurvy Root and many other names.
Found only in eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming the entire summer. Echinacea has been long used in medicine to fight colds and infections. Traditionally used in herbal remedies by the Great Plains Indian tribes. Later, settlers followed the Indians' example and began using echinacea for medicinal purposes as well. Regular use of echinacea is beneficial for immune support and overall health.There is considerable evidence suggesting that phytochemicals in echinacea have the capacity to reduce virus infections and tumors.
Scientific studies https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/841315 are starting to now show consumption of echinacea extract (leaf 95% and root 5%) can reduce your chance of reoccurring viral infections by 59%. Other benefits of this wonder plant include its abilityt to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, improve skin problems, treat upper respiratory issues and improve mental health.