Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is hailed as a medicinal herb, marked by its distinctive purple coneflowers. It is held by the family Asteraceae (sunflower family). This spiritually calming plant is an herbaceous perennial plant with hermaphroditic flowers i.e. bearing both male and female organs to carry out fertilization.
This easy-growing and time-honored perennial are famous for its purported immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, and anxiolytic effects. It is also applauded in the world of skincare for dealing with plenty of skin problems.
Both the upper parts and roots of the plant are employed in the field of medicine in the form of tincture, teas, extract, and tablets.
The medicinal activity of Echinacea is attributed to its active ingredients that are polysaccharides, alkamides, glycoproteins, and caffeic acid. From curtailing the blood sugar level to curing snake bites, these active ingredients have the potential to bring wonders to your body.
Note: People with autoimmune disorders, or who are allergic to other flowers are obliged to consult a physician before commencing the use of Echinacea. Furthermore, its chronic use may subject to hepatic compromisation.