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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Kansas snakeroot

Kansas snakeroot
Echinacea angustifolia, E. purpurea
Echinacea is a common name for three species of large,daisy like plants of the Aster family Compositae. They are Echinacea angustifolia, Echiiiacea pallida and Echinacea purpurea. The plant species are commonly known as narrow leaved purple coneflower, pale purple cone flower, and purple coneflower respectively. Other common names for Echinacea angustifolia are hedgehog cone flower, black sampson,sampson root, and rudbeckia.The plant parts used are root,flowers and seeds.

Echinacea is a popular, non-toxic herb widely revered and used for its immune-stimulating, anti-bacterial, and antiviral activity. It enhances one's resistance to colds and flu (particularly when taken at the onset), is useful for septicemia and skin complaints (such as boils,abscesses, or carbuncles), and is used as a mouthwash for gum problems. Echinacea is taken for chronic infections of the urinary and respiratory tracts. It is also used locally as an antiseptic for burns,wounds, bites, skin ulcers, and eczema and psoriasis.


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