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HERB PROFILE: Echinacea.

HERB PROFILE: Echinacea.

Echinacea, a wild flower native to America, is one of the world’s most respected immune-boosting herbs and that’s why Zane Hellas use it in their energizing, immune-balancing supplement IMMUNE PREMIUM. It grows up to 20 inches in height, producing striking pink daisy-like flowers.

As well as being an immune stimulating herb, Echinacea is believed to be an ‘alterative’ – meaning it may have the power to support the removal of cellular waste while maintaining healthy uptake of nutrition at the cellular level.

The very first people to enjoy the benefits of this powerful wild flower were the Native American Indians, whose medicine men used Echinacea to heal an enormous variety of ailments, from sore gums to sepsis.  The flower is even depicted in their artwork and the plant itself was worshipped as a Spirit.

Later, a 18th-century German botanist named Conrad Moench named the plant Echinacea, which is derived from the Greek ‘echinos,’ meaning ‘hedgehog’ (in reference to the spiny seedhead), and he introduced it to Europe.

Medical studies suggest that Echinacea stimulates the body’s white blood cells, enhancing the body’s ability to fight off infections.   These effects are due to a number of active substances, called phenolic compounds, in Echinacea that are said to work in combination to produce these immune enhancing effects. Components of the root, leaves, and flowers all contain the immune-stimulating compounds.

These medical findings support Echinacea traditional use in folk medicine.  For many centuries, Echinacea’s been used to stimulate the immune system and treat respiratory infections, and topically on the skin to treat eczema and psoriasis. In the 1800s, medical doctors prescribed Echinacea to patients to heal infections and it’s still prescribed by physicians in Germany to this day.  Today, Echinacea is still so popular that American customers spend more than $300 million a year on it, using it to boost their immunity and ward off the common cold.

by Precious Williams.

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