English Name: Echinacea
Latin Name: Echinacea angustifolia
What is Echinacea?
Echinacea angustifolia is an herb that’s native to North America and is also called the
narrow-leaf purple-coneflower — a name that describes its appearance. 16
The plant can be three to five feet long and was brought into the medical field by German physician H.F.C. Meyer in the 1870s.17 American Indian tribes used Echinacea angustifolia for various ailments, including headaches and tonsillitis. 18
According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Echinacea is used to boost the immune system and for colds and the flu. 19
Medicinal Uses of Echinacea
In one study, scientists combined Echinacea with vitamins and other compounds and found that the combination could help children who had symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. 20
In another study, scientists found that a class of carbohydrates from an Echinacea angustifolia extract had anti-inflammatory properties. 21
Photos of Echinacea
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