Echinacea

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With one snowfall after another this winter in Toronto and other parts of the world it seems that many people are suffering from the flu bug going around.  This sea urchin look-a-like is one of my favourite herbs to combat the symptoms.  Traditionally it is used for wounds, burns, inflammations of the gums, toothache and sore throats, colds, coughs, mumps, measles, gonorrhoea, sinus infections, bladder infections and other illnesses.  Also, it is believed to treat snake and insect bites.  Regardless, it is a great immune system booster, wards off infections and can be taken as a laxative.  Historically, it was used by Native American Indian tribes.  All of its 9 species are native to eastern and central America.  It comes in the form of a tincture or a capsule but I prefer it as a tea with lemon and honey.  Here’s a link at which you can read about how it was named and more interesting information about echinacea http://www.cloverleaffarmherbs.com/echinacea/#sthash.pMXhVASS.dpbs

Rather than taking the flu vaccination it may be a better idea to keep a nice stock of Echinacea on hand.  Here are the findings of one of the largest ever studies done on this healing herb. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2215442/Largest-study-echinacea-finds-herbal-remedy-protect-colds.html

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“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” -Genesis 1:29