Echinacea purpurea (Eastern Purple Coneflower) helps to strengthen the immune system, and is used in a wide range of medication. It is available as pills, tea, tincture, and various other forms.
Echinacea stimulates the formation of white blood cells, which are the power house of our immune system. You can use the plant with water as a tea, with alcohol for a tincture, or as described below in honey.
What You Need
- A jar with a tight lid
- 500 g liquid honey
- enough fresh flowerheads to fill 2/3 of the jar
How To Make The Honey
- Pluck the purple petals off the flowerhead, and cut he flowerhead into small pieces
- Wash and disinfect the jar
- Fill the jar 2/3 with the plant parts
- Pour the honey over the flowers in the jar, so that they are fully submerged
- Close the lid tightly and let the jar steep in a cool and dark place for 4-6 weeks
- Pour the honey through a sieve and fill into a clean jar
Store the Echinacea honey in a cool place. It will easily keep for 12 month.
How To Use The Echinacea Honey
Echinacea works best as a preventative measure to strengthen the immune system. Use it in spring and fall, when the body is reacting to the weather changes.
Children can take half a teaspoon up to 3 times daily.
Adults can take 1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily.
Use Echinacea for up to 2 weeks, before taking a break. If taken for longer, the effects can actually be reversed, so make sure you stop taking it for at least 2 weeks before repeating the treatment, if necessary.