Harvest: echinacea

making plant medicine

This week we made medicine from the aerial parts of second year Echinacea, what I like to call the poster child of herbal medicine. As I popped off the flower head and leaves to make the tincture I could already taste the salivating effects of the plant’s alkylamides. Traditionally used as emergency medicine for snake bites, modern usage calls to Echinacea at the first sign of a cold. To eliminate, shorten or lessen the symptoms, if used in high frequent dosing the body will respond with an increase in white blood cells.  As the #1 seller in the herbal supplements industry, could the pretty flower have anything to do with Echinacea’s popularity?

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