Echinacea, a native plant of North America, was one of the most widely used herbs of the Indians, who used it almost "by all means", from infections to snake bites, centuries before Europeans discovered it. With the advent of the modern era of antibiotics, its use has become quite limited. In recent years, however, the tendency to apply milder, alternative therapeutic methods has again brought it to the fore.
Echinacea is traditionally used as an immunostimulant and anti-inflammatory. It has been shown to possess potent antiseptic and antiviral properties while at the same time contributing to the expansion of blood vessels. It is the main herb that can help the body get rid of microbial infections, while being effective for both bacteria and viruses. It contains derivatives of caffeic acid, mainly echinacoside, chicoric acid and kanarin, as well as polysaccharides, flavonoids, volatile oils, resins, glycoproteins, sterols, minerals, vitamins and fatty acids.
Echinacea extract is antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, healing and beneficial in various skin diseases, such as acne, psoriasis, abscesses, dotheins - our well-known "nuns" -, pimples, and hacks. It has also been shown to increase resistance to influenza, herpes and chickenpox viruses. In addition, it acts against golden staphylococcus aureus, the germ responsible for a variety of skin infections, but also against Proteus mirabilis, the urinary tract infection.
Caution! Echinacea should not be taken by people with autoimmune diseases, such as wolf or multiple sclerosis. Its use is also contraindicated in children under 12, as well as during pregnancy and lactation. Finally it should be used with caution by people with allergies to the sunflower family. Prolonged use is not recommended.