Purple Coneflower / Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Purple coneflower belongs to a group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. This herb is found only in eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἐχῖνος (ekhinos), meaning “hedgehog,” due to the spiny central disk. The last years, this herb has been under scientific analysis, due to its many beneficial properties.
Echinacea is primarily used to alleviate symptoms associated with the common cold, such as nasal congestion and sore throat. Also, topical treatments containing echinacea may also aid in wound-healing. Moreover, additional health benefits associated with echinacea use, include diminished pain, reduced inflammation and enhanced immune function. Echinacea may also impart antiviral or antioxidant effects on the body.
Purple coneflower is not used in cooking. It is consumed as a beverage for its numerous health benefits.
January 20, 2017
Health Benefits of Purple Coneflower
Learn AboutPurple CornflowerBenefits Health Benefits Fascinating research about Echinacea benefits regarding brain cancer has been published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, the University of Connecticut performed a meta-analysis study that evaluated 14 studies and determined that: Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by [...]
January 20, 2017
Side Effects of Purple Coneflower
Learn AboutPurple ConeflowerSide Effects Echinacea is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth in the short-term. Various liquid and solid forms of Echinacea have been used safely for up to 10 days. There are also some products, such as Echinaforce (A. Vogel Bioforce AG, Switzerland) that have been used safely for up to 6 months. [...]