While Echinacea is most popular today for its ability to help with colds and the flu, where Echinacea really shines is in its ability to help the body fight off infections*
A dropper full taken orally in water or tea.
Echinacea was used as folk medicine by the indigenous North American people. It is commonly used by people today for common cold, but it's first use started when Native American tribes used Echinacea as a cold preventive measure in South Dakota. Some other tribes used Echinacea for remedying cold symptoms.
- The Kiowa tribe also used it for sore throat and cough.
- The Cheyenne tribe used it for sore throat.
- The Pawnee tribe used it for headaches.
- The Lakota tribe used it for pain medication.
Since its historical use, it has become popular for many complications due to its versatility. The Echinacea has different species, but the most popular ones are the Echinacea pallida, Echinacea purpura and Echinacea Angustifolia with less popular species like the Echinacea paradoxa and Echinacea atrorubens. The most common among this specie of Echinacea is the Echinacea Purpura, which was popular among American Indians who used it to treat many women with health complications.
The name Echinacea comes from the Greek word echonis because of the rounded head on the seed, and many tribes have made use of it over time because of the possibility of helping with many health complications. We see many tribes coveting the Echinacea because modern medicine was not in place back then, leaving herbal options as the best yielding results that are needed. The history of this herb is rich with many tribes making the best of it as we see from history.