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Herb Spotlight: Echinacea

Ecinacea-Purple-Coneflower

Echinacea “Purple Coneflower”

We all know that Echinacea is an immune support. We have heard that you take it at the first sign of a cold or flu or when you are feeling a little bit under the weather….but did you know that there are several types of Echinacea? There are actually nine different types of Echinacea! Echinacea is a group of flowering plants in the daisy family, commonly known as the “purple coneflowers”.

Echinacea Purpurea

Echinacea Purpurea

The most popularly utilized species and the one we have heard the most about is Echinacea Purpurea, or the Eastern Purple Coneflower. This is the herb that can aide the body in healing itself by stimulating the production of the very necessary fighting white blood cells. These are like germ-fighting soldiers that circulate in the blood so that they can be transported to wherever an invader has been detected. This trusted herb was America’s most widely used elixir for many years, and prior to WWII, was found in nearly every home medicine cabinet. Following WWII, Penicillin took its place. Testing in German “facilities” gave way to new thoughts about medicine and health care – that you now needed the guidance of science in order to care for your family’s health.

Echinacea Angustifolia

Echinacea Angustifolia

Echinacea Purpurea is front and center in our Immune Support Pops, and both Echinacea Purpurea, and Echinacea Angustafolia, are blended together and added to our Nasal Support product, as the Angustufolia relative, blended with its Purpurea cousin, pack a punch when they are combined together. A European study, done in the late 90’s led to this comment by Professor H. Wagner, leading figure in European pharmocognosy. “Of the investigated criteria the most striking effects were the reduction in susceptibility to infection …”. In reviewing clinical studies on echinacea, he further wrote, “….remedies containing echinacea can effect an improvement in immune defense systems where those systems are temporarily weakened.”

So there you have it. Echinacea has been studied half way to the moon and back! And it is a simple, purple coneflower, proud member of the daisy family, the Soothie Suckers Family – and now Your Family.

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