Historically, echinacea was used at length by Native Americans and by traditional herbalists in the United States and in Canada. This herb was administered as a fresh juice, herbal smudge or smoke, and often either the leaf or root was simply chewed on to support the immune system, decrease the severity and duration of the common cold.The Eclectic physicians in the United States popularized Echinacea in the late 1800's showing particular interest in E. angustifolia
. John Uri Lloyd and John King were major proponents of this herb, extolling its virtues far and wide for several years until it became the single most widely used herb by the Eclectics. It was all the rage until the Eclectic schools closed down in the mid 1930's at which point the popularity of echinacea declined in the United States. It fell out of fashion until the 1970's when herbalists resurrected it. However, during this time, E. purpurea
was gaining recognition in Germany. Ironically, E. angustifolia
was the species that most traditional herbalists and Native Americans used medicinally, yet E. purpurea
was the species that the Germans ended up researching and therefore the one that became the most popular, first in Europe, and then in the United States.
Caution: If you are allergic to Echinacea or to plants in the Asteraceae/daisy family such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies, or if you have an autoimmune condition, please check with your health care provider before using.
Legalese: This product is not intended to treat or cure any disease or dysfunction. Combining some herbal products with prescription or over the counter drugs, including birth control pills, may not be advised. Always consult your health care professional. This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. Discontinue use if you experience any difficulty breathing, hives, or skin irritation.
Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 7 minutes.