It is a simple flowering plant and a member of the daisy family. More commonly known as purple coneflower, many people grow this powerful herb without even realizing it!

Echinacea purpurea is the species most often used as a natural remedy and in folk medicine. There are 9 distinct species of this plant, though onlyEchinacea purpurea is considered a remedy.

Echinacea grows in the central and eastern United States. Native American’s used it as a remedy hundreds of years ago and it is re-gaining popularity in modern times.

Some sources claim that this traditional herb may be helpful for those with cancer, though more research is certainly needed.

The immune supporting benefits are much more studied, though again, this can be a double-edged sword for those with autoimmune disease.

Uses for Echinacea – I use it in my herbal throat spray for illness – A tincture of echinacea may be helpful for shortening cold duration – Echinacea tea is said to help acute symptoms of illness when used for short times

A tincture is essentially an extract. Alcohol tinctures are the most common type and the easiest to make, though vinegar or even glycerin will work.

– A clean pint-size glass jar with lid – Food grade alcohol like vodka or rum- at least 80 proof -½ cup dried echinacea leaf