Echinacea history goes back to North American Plains Indians who used it medicinally more than any other plant and used it for a variety of ailments. In the 1800’s it became popular in the United States and was a widely prescribed natural remedy for infections and inflammation. Now it is regaining its importance and there are more than 200 pharmaceutical preparations made from Echinacea plants available.
Echinacea grows in the central United States from Texas to southern Canada. There are several types of ephinacea, each having a slightly different appearance, however only 3 of them have been used in American folk medicine: Echinacea purpurea, echinacea angustifolia and echinacea pallida. Echinacea plants have large, attractive flowers and can withstand high temperatures and humidities. They produce single, long-stalked, terminal flower heads up to 15 cm in diameter.
There are two active ingredients in echinacea, that are responsible for echinacea’s therapeutic properties: echinacosides, found in the roots and flowers, and polysaccharide heteroxylan, found in the leaves. Echinacin exhibits interferon-like activity and protects cells against virus-related diseases, such as herpes, influenza, canker sores, etc.
Benefits: High Potency Echinacea with Immune Strengthening Co-Factors.