Echinacea: Its Amazing Benefits and Uses in Herbal Supplements
Echinacea is an herbal supplement long used for its medicinal benefits to help heal the body. Knowing the power of echinacea, Dr. Rydland uses this herb in several of his liquid herbal supplements.
Let’s learn more about echinacea, its uses, and its benefits.
What is echinacea?
Echinacea is a purple cornflower plant native to North America. Part of the daisy family, echinacea has distinctive purple-pink petals surrounding a spiky, cone-shaped center.
There are 9 species of echinacea, but only 3 are used in herbal supplements.
Found within these 3 species of echinacea are a variety of antioxidants and active compounds (like caffeic acid, alkamides, and phenolic acids). This powerful combination of health benefits is higher in extracts taken from the flower and roots of the plant.
What are the benefits of using echinacea?
Echinacea has a history of being used to treat illnesses and other conditions because of its immune-boosting properties. Here are a few of echinacea’s amazing benefits:
- Treat colds & flu
- Prevent & treat infections
- Reduce inflammation
Echinacea has also been used to promote healing for wounds when used as a topical ointment. And there’s evidence to show it can help lower blood sugar. There’s A LOT of power in the echinacea plant!
Who shouldn’t take echinacea?
Though echinacea has many benefits, not everyone can take it.
- People with allergies: If you’re allergic to plants in the same family as echinacea – such as ragweed, daisies, marigolds, or chrysanthemums – you may not tolerate ingesting it.
- People with autoimmune disorders: If you have multiple sclerosis, HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis, or other autoimmune disorder, consult your doctor before taking echinacea since it may interfere with your medications.
- People taking immunosuppressive drugs: If you’re taking immunosuppressive medicine, consult your doctor before taking echinacea since it stimulates the immune system.
What are the side effects of echinacea?
One of the great features of echinacea is that it’s a safe and well-tolerated herb for short-term use.
But there are some side effects like minor digestive issues, dizziness, and skin rashes. If you develop any of these symptoms, stop taking the herbal supplement.
Which of Dr. Rydland’s liquid herbal supplements include echinacea?
Dr. Rydland features echinacea in 3 herbal supplements.
Immune Formula is the perfect herbal supplement to treat colds, flu, ear infections, bronchitis, croup, or mild pneumonia.
Family Daily Defense is a preventative tonic to help keep you safe from colds and viruses from daycare, plane travel, or other exposure events.
Candida Yeast Formula (also known as our CandiBiome formula) is used to treat several issues: chronic infections, diarrhea or constipation, recurrent urinary infections, skin conditions, vaginal infections, or conditions from intestinal imbalance.