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Echinacea Benefits

Echinacea: Remedy Your Cold Naturally
at Home


Sore throats and colds can put a damper on anyone’s day. But, there are natural, herbal remedies that you can use at home to speed the healing process. Echinacea, also known as the purple cone flower, has long been used by American Indians in the treatment of external wounds and has no known side effects.

The active constituents of Echinacea work together to help inhibit the influenza and cold viruses by increasing the body’s natural production of interferon and should be taken as a preventative during flu season. Once a cold is in progress, Echinacea can stimulate your immune system to help speed recovery. Sore throats, cough, and congestion all can enjoy quick relief with the use of Echinacea.

Echinacea is available in capsule form, in teas, and in a liquid extract. Gingivitis, canker sores, recurrent ear infections, and yeast infections can also benefit from the immune boosting properties of Echinacea. The general consensus is that 2000 mgs of Echinacea should be taken over the course of the day to receive maximum results. However, a person may use more of less depending on their tolerance level. When using Echinacea as a preventative for colds and flu Echinacea should not be taken continually. Periods of Echinacea use should be followed by periods of rest since Echinacea can lose its effectiveness over time.

Article by Jamie Sue Austin.

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