Echinacea purpurea (Eastern Purple Coneflower) is mainly being used to build up the body’s natural defences against illness. The plant boosts the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. These are specialised in combating germs and viruses that might attack our health.
It is taken as a preventative measure to avoid getting ill in the first place. Echinacea should be taken at the first signs of a cold.
You can buy ready-made Echinacea products in health shops and online, such as pills, drops, juice or tea. Tinctures, tea and honey are easily made at home, all you need is a healthy plant you can harvest and a few ingredients.
Echinacea acts as a preventative remedy, and should not be taken longer than 2 weeks, as the effects on the immune system could be reversed if taken for too long. Take a break of at least 2 weeks before taking another course of Echinacea. If you already have a full-on cold, other plants such as elderflower, basswood or sage can be used for treatment.
Echinacea Honey For A Strong Immune System
Honey is an excellent medium to extract active compounds from healing herbs. It can be taken directly or used to sweeten teas.
Children can take half a teaspoon up to 3 times daily.
Adults can take 1 teaspoon up to 3 times daily.
Echinacea Tincture For Your Immune System
Take 15 – 20 drops 3 times daily for several days. Do not use longer than 2 weeks, as the effect on the immune system could be reversed if taken longer. Make sure to pause taking Echinaces for at least 2 weeks between treatments.
Echinacea Tea To Fend Off Colds
To make a cup of immune system boosting tea, pour 200 ml of boiling water over a teaspoon of Echinacea flowers. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes, then filter and enjoy.