Many people take echinacea to help with the common cold or flu, even Covid, but does it really help?
That's a great question. Researchers have not found conclusive evidence that taking echinacea when you have a cold or flu will shorten the time of the virus.
They have found it may slightly reduce your chances of catching a cold.
What echinacea DOES do is help your body create white blood cells. When your upper respiratory tract (nose, mouth and throat) become infected, these white blood cells work within your immune system to fight the infection.
This is important to know since the Omicrom version of Covid seems to settle into into the upper respiratory tract first.
What most people don't know is that if you have immune disorders (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Mast Cell disorders, etc ), multiple sclerosis, HIV, AIDS or tuberculosis you should NOT take echincea. It also interacts with immunosuppressant medications,diabetic medications, or if you have received an organ transplant. You should also not ingest it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Did you know that echinacea can treat UTI's and ear infections as well as wounds or cuts that are slow to heal? It can also help with eczema if used in a cream. It can help soothe some of the irritation caused by eczema and help build up the outer layer of skin.
IF echincea is safe for you to consume, there are some fun magickal properties it can bring to your life and manifestation rituals.
Echinacea is said to bring strength during tough times. If you sprinkle it around your home or plant it, is ti said to bring protection and prosperity. The petals and roots can be burned during cleansing and purification rituals.
Whatever your belief system, echinacea is a beautiful purple flower, with over 30 varieties, which will add a subtle tinge of purple to your garden.