Give Your Immune System a Boost with Echinacea

For over 33 years, I have been cultivating hundreds of Echinacea purpurea plants in Avena’s garden. There are nine different Echinacea species native to the prairies, Appalachia, and the Midwest. Echinacea purpurea is the more eastern species and the one I have found easiest to grow in Maine. I call Echinacea the bridging herb because, for many people, it is the first healing herb they have ever tried as a tincture or tea to support their immune system. 

During my teenage years, I was taught by a few old and wise herbalists that the care and respect offered to an herb while growing, gathering, and preparing it into an herbal remedy is essential for the herb to be truly healing. This is one of the most valuable teachings I received over forty years ago and one that has stayed in my heart, and hands, all these years.  

Gathering Echinacea purpurea flowers, commonly called purple cone flowers, is a garden task I look forward to every summer. The top of each cone flower has a spiral pattern that is surrounded by tiny yellow florets with pollen. There is something special about the spiral pattern on these flowers that year after year beckons me to pause and spend time gazing into these magnificent flowers. Beloved by bees, butterflies, herbalists and gardeners alike, this perennial is worthy of growing, sitting near, and smelling when flowering.

Echinacea root, leaf, and flower tincture is a favorite of mine (and many gardeners) to use orally and topically if any of us get stung by bees, hornets, ticks, or black flies as it supports the body’s immune response and helps take down the swelling at the site of the bite. It is my go-to herb, taken orally and as a topical wash, when boils or abscesses appear or any of us in the garden have cut or wounded ourselves. 

In the winter, Echinacea is my go-to herb for quickly supporting the respiratory system, for boosting the immune system, and for soothing sore throats and tender oral tissue that has been chewed - ouch! When I get a winter chill, I combine Echinacea tincture with ginger glycerite (yummy!) to warm my body and support my immune system. I use this combination 4-5 times a day until the feeling of the chill has dissipated. Echinacea tincture is one of the most important remedies to have in our homes during the winter and summer months, and to keep in our travel first aid kits. It is safe and reliable for children and adults.

From now until January 31, get 15% OFF our Echinacea Root Liquid Extract, and Extra Echinacea by ordering online with the coupon code ECHINACEA15. Retail sales only. Cannot be combined with other coupon codes. Valid until 1/31/2017.
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