whitebox header

Send to a Friend

To send this article to a friend, please enter your information below.


Echinacea is a very well-known traditional medicinal herb, used to relieve symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections.  Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is also known as purple coneflower, due to its large, purple or dark pink petals that extend downwards away from the deep orange cone heads. Echinacea prefers dry, open woods and prairies, but will thrive in sunny, cultivated beds. 

The healing properties of this plant were known to the indigenous American Indian tribes. They used it as an antiseptic and analgesic and to treat poisonous bites, wounds, sore throats and diseases, such as smallpox and measles. Dr HCF Meyer passed on his knowledge to the Europeans sometime after 1870. Dr Madaus from Germany visited the US during the 1930s to collect samples of echinacea to study. He intended to collect E. angustifolia and came back with E. purpurea. His research resulted in a preparation of herb juice that is still available today. Like many medicina....

Your Name
A value is required.
  Your Email Address
A value is required.Invalid format.
Friends Name
A value is required.
  Friends Email Address
A value is required.Invalid format.
Personalised Message
whitebox footer