Actions and Uses: This herb fights inflammation and bacterial and viral infection. It is very good for the immune and lymphatic systems and stimulates certain white blood cells. It is useful for allergies, colic, colds, flu and other infectious illnesses. This herb is best used in cycles, generally 5 days on, 2 days off and then repeated until the infection or illness has corrected itself.
Phytochemical and Nutrient Content: Beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, betaine, caffeic acid, kaempferol, luteolin, quercetin, rutin, vanillin, verbascoside, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C.
General Information: This immune system booster is one of the most important herbs of our time. Incredibly effective, it is not known to have any side effects or residual buildup in the body. Echinacea works by increasing macrophage T-cell activity, thereby boosting the body’s first line of defense against colds, flu, and many other illnesses. It is 100% safe for children, elderly and everyone between. It makes an excellent tea, spray for sore throats. An excellent way to take this herb is in the form of a tincture that can be purchased at any health food store.
Caution: Should not be used by persons who have anxiety (panic attacks), glaucoma, thyroid disease, diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, or anyone taking MAO inhibitor drugs.