The plant can be easily adapted to all types of climates, that is why its cultivation spreads throughout Africa, North America, South America and grows more and more throughout Europe.
It is a plant that contains within its flower, another flower with a series of thorns and can grow between one and two meters in height. Although there are many subspecies of this flower, there are three of the most popular and the most recommended for medicinal uses: the pupúrea (which can be purple or dark pink), the pallida (it is light pink or white) and the angustifolia (it is pink).
Properties of echinacea.
It is rich in vitamins B and C, beta carotene and riboflavin. It is high in minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and sodium.
The greatest property of echinacea is to strengthen the immune system, and the main components of the plant that give it this quality are antioxidants, alkamides, and polysaccharides.
One of the most frequent reasons why this plant is used is for the treatment of diseases in the respiratory system such as sinusitis, bronchitis and pharyngitis.
It helps reduce symptoms of the common cold, from runny nose to cough, and even reduces fever. Relieves sore throats and helps reduce inflammation of the tonsils.
Likewise, the plant is used to treat other diseases, mostly infectious, as it fights the activity of some bacteria and viruses. For example, another of the diseases for which the application of treatments based on echinacea is common is syphilis. It is also used in other vaginal or genital infections.
Other infections that the plant treats are those that occur in the ears, urinary tract and gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
On the other hand, it is applied in people who fight against diseases such as malaria, rheumatism and other diseases of the circulatory system. It improves the discomforts generated by migraine and acts against indigestion.
It is recommended for people suffering from attention deficit and chronic fatigue syndrome. Additionally, it is used to treat body weakness in patients with some convalescence or who have recently undergone an operation.
Because it strengthens the immune system it is beneficial for people suffering from some type of cancer.
Uses of Echinacea.
The easiest ways to use echinacea in homemade preparations are making teas or juices based on the plant, however there are commercial products that contain the same components.
Due to its healing properties, it is also used topically to heal wounds. There are many pharmacies or naturopathic centers where we can find ointments and pills that give us the aforementioned benefits.
Remember to consult with your doctor before using this medicinal plant.