Echinacea Purpurea Root (Echinacea purpurea)
Echinacea is one of the most widely known herbs in American folk herbalism. Commonly referred to as "coneflower," it's is a genus of nine different herbaceous plants native to North America. The two primary species used in herbal preparations are E. Angustifolia and E. Purpurea, which are often used interchangeably.
Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Other Names: Coneflower
Origin: United States
Taste: spicy, acrid
Energy: Cool, Dry
Part Used: Root
Prepare as a tea: Add 1/2 tsp. of root to a tea infuser and place in a tea cup. Pour boiling water over infuser, cover, and steep for 20-30 minutes.
- Not for use if pregnant or nursing.
- May interact with some prescription medications. Check with your health care provider before using.
- Keep out of reach of children
Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family should exercise caution with Echinacea. People who are allergic to plants in the daisy or aster family, including chrysanthemums and ragweed, may also have an allergic reaction to Echinacea (usually a skin rash).
Always consult your health care professional before using any herbal supplement.