Echinacea is an herbaceous plant with spindle-shaped taproots that are usually branched. It grows up to 28 inches tall, and has hairy stems and leaves. The petals are light purple to pink in color. It has for centuries been used as medicine by Native Americans.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antivenomous, emetic, antimalarial, and treats candida, colds, earache, immune deficiency, insect bites, sinusitis, sore throat, herpes, streptococcus infections, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD, hemorrhoids, syphilis
For all conditions, use Echinacea Tincture as described. To make an infusion, add a small handful of Echinacea root to 1 liter water and bring to a boil. Boil, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow to steep for
30 minutes. Strain, and sip throughout the
day. For yeast infections, melt 1/2 cup chopped beeswax in a double boiler. Stir in 1 cup dried Echinacea and 1 cup olive oil. Remove from heat. Stir in the contents of 2 vitamin E capsules. When cooled, place in a jar with lid. Apply directly to the affected area. You may also make it into a vaginal suppository.
ECHINACEA TINCTURE Makes 1 quart
This tincture is especially effective for proper immune system function. You will need a quart- sized jar with lid for this recipe.
1 cup finely chopped Echinacea root 1 quart 100-proof vodka
• Place the Echinacea root in the jar.
• Pour in 100-proof vodka to fill the jar.
• Tightly screw on the lid, and place on a windowsill to steep for six weeks.
• The tincture should keep for up to 3 years.
Take 1/2 teaspoon every 2 hours for acute conditions, or three times per day for chronic conditions.