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SUPER HERBS & SPICES - ECHINACEAEchinacea is one of the first things we turn to when a cold is coming on, or when we start to feel the aches and pains of the flu. It can be brewed in tea form, taken as a supplement, or an extract to help give our immune system a boost and calm our cold and flu symptoms - but echinacea has a laundry list of health benefits we often overlook.

Did you know you can use echinacea to treat a rattle snake bite or tonsillitis?

Here are some other health benefits of echinacea that go far beyond the common cold:

Before we dive into some of echinacea's many benefits, we should explain what exactly makes this herb a "super herb".

What is Echinacea?

Native to North America, and first utilized by Native Americans as a natural treatment for infection and general pain relief, echinacea - also known as the American Coneflower - has been a popular and effective holistic remedy for hundreds of years.


Different Species of Echinacea

Echinacea's application to the common cold was actually a mistake. In the 1960s, during a trip to South Dakota, a Swiss herbal supplement maker was erroneously told that the Native American herb was to be used to prevent the common cold. This information then traveled across the pond back to Europe, where echinacea became the modern-day cold remedy.

Ever since, there have been conflicting studies regarding the true effectiveness of echinacea's cold-fighting abilities, however it seems that there is enough truth to warrant continued studies.

Health Benefits of Echinacea

What Gives Echinacea Its Powers?

The science behind echinacea's effectiveness in treating colds may be inconclusive, but what is clear is that the compounds that make up this super herb have some degree of antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Echinacea is comprised of a high number of phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties and are effective in the treatment of many degenerative diseases including cancer. Echinacea also contains a significant amount of alkylamides - compounds with immune-system boosting properties.

*Consult a physician before consuming anything to treat a medical disorder, or introducing a new dietary supplement into your diet.

Echinacea's Power to Fight Colds

Modern-Day Uses of Echinacea

Again, the science is still not clear as to the real effectiveness of echinacea in treating any of these ailments - but that hasn't stopped holistic or Ayurvedic practitioners from stopping. And it seems that it worked for over 400 years for Native Americans, and eventually European settlers... so there must be some truth to the myth of echinacea. Right?

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Whether you want to follow science or history, here are the many uses of echinacea:

  • Fight upper respiratory infections

  • Prevent a cold or treat cold symptoms

  • Fight yeast infections

  • Fight the flu

  • Fight urinary tract infections or vaginal yeast infections

  • Treat genital herpes or syphilis

  • Treat the symptoms of typhoid, malaria, tonsillitis, streptococcus, or diphtheria

  • Treat a rattle snake bit

  • Treat chronic fatigue

  • Prevent and treat migraines or headaches

  • Curb attention deficit disorder (ADHD)

  • Use topically to treat burns, psoriasis, eczema, UV damage, bug bites, or stings


For our professional vocalists, one thing that has been consistent with echinacea is its effectiveness to prevent or curb the symptoms of the common cold, upper respiratory ailments, and sore throats. So, introducing echinacea to your regimen is a great way to help boost your immune system and help keep your voice in top form during the cold and flu season, or throughout a busy tour or speaking schedule.

One of our favorite ways to get our echinacea boost is by brewing a strong batch of LEMON GINGER ECHINACEA TEA.

Before a show, in the morning, or first thing before bed, brew up this voice-healthy tea and enjoy!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 1 TBSP dried Echinacea purpurea (roots or flowers). This species is the most commonly used for medicinal applications

  • 1 knob (about 1/2 a thumb size) of fresh sliced ginger

  • 1 1/2 tsp raw honey (a natural antimicrobial and throat-soother)

  • 2 tsps lemon juice (if your throat is dry, hold back on the amount of lemon)


*You may substitute the dried echinacea for two bags of your favorite brand of echinacea tea.

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Directions

Bring water to a boil

While water is boiling, place loose dried echinacea in a tea ball or porous cloth for easy removal.

Place lemon, honey, ginger, and echinacea in a large mug

Pour boiling water over ingredients and steep for five minutes

Enjoy!

The ingredients in this tea will are all high in antimicrobial compounds to help fight infection, and kill bacteria. The soothing and anti-inflammatory properties of echinacea, honey, and ginger will help sooth your symptoms, and the immune-boosting properties of echinacea will help keep your body and professional voice healthy!

For more information about ENT health, or to consult a specialist please contact your local otolaryngologist.

Residents of Colorado may contact the experts at the Colorado Voice Clinic: http://ColoradoVoiceClinic.com.

 

 

Sources

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/75225.php

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/echinacea

http://www.healthy.net/Health/Article/Echinacea_From_Native_American_Panacea_to_Modern_Phytopharmaceutical/873

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21702479

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/981.html
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