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7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Echinacea

Traditionally used to help prevent colds, reduce the duration of colds & support your immunity, Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs used all year round.

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Echinacea

1. Echinacea is native to America & Canada & has been used by the American Indians for over 400 years.

2. Echinacea is also known as the Coneflower or Black-eyed Susan.

3. There are 9 species of Echinacea & the flowers, leaves, stems & roots are used to make herbal tinctures & remedies. Research indicates that the parts of the plant that grows above ground tends to be the most effective in supporting immunity.

4. Echinacea was used medicinally until the introduction of antibiotics in the 1950s.

5. Research has shown that Echinacea can increase white blood cell numbers which are the cells that helps fight infection.

6. Echinacea research also shows it to be a natural remedy for urinary tract infections, slow-healing wounds & upper respiratory tract infections

7. According to several research studies, taking Echinacea reduces the chance of catching the common cold by 58% & cuts the length of colds by 1 ½ days. Other research shows that Echinacea works at its best once a cold had taken hold in helping to reduce symptoms, severity & length of the cold.