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Common name: Echinacea, coneflower, purple coneflower, purple Kansas coneflower, comb flower, Missouri snakeroot
Arabic name: قنفذية
Parts Used: Roots, flower heads, leaves
Actions: Alterative, Immune Stimulant, Immunomodulant, Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Sialagogue.
Native To: North America
Geographic Distribution: North America, Europe.
Botanical Description: A perennial that grows up to four feet in height. Most echinacea grows from a taproot. Stems are unbranched and straight. Leaves are typically hairy and alternate. Petals are usually purple arranged around a bristle-y cone-shaped seed head.
History and folklore: Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos or “prickly, spiny” or "sea urchin" in reference to its bristly, comb-like seed head. Echinacea angustifolia is an immune stimulant and modulator traditionally used by North American plains people for at least 400 years for symptoms in the throat and mucus membranes, topically for snake and insect bites as well as burns and skin afflictions (using a mashed paste of the entire plant), dental cavities, venereal disease, gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders, and even arthritis.
Uses: Echinacea is an excellent ally for infections and low immunity. It is an Immune Stimulant, Immunomodulant Analgesic, Antibacterial and Antiviral. The herb’s immune stimulation derives from three mechanisms:
1. Activates cells that destroy foreign substances such as bacteria and repairs tissues.
2. Increases respiratory activity.
3. Increases mobility of white blood cells, which protect against infections.
The topical Echinacea application is highly effective in healing skin conditions including burns, eczema, inflammation, herpes simplex, and varicose veins.
Safety: An allergic reaction may be possible in people with allergies to Asteraceae family plants.