Echinacea

Also known as Echinacea Angustifolia. Echinacea boots the body's own immune system, which creates its own antibiotics, however, this does not make it an antibiotic. Echinacea is one of the main ingredients in a couple of herbal formulas recommended by doctors to help protect against getting AIDS. It has a faint aromatic smell, with a sweetish taste, leaving a tingling sensation in the mouth. The Plains Native Americans used water containing soaked Echinacea roots to pour over burning embers during sweat lodge ceremonies.

Medicinal Uses
Echinacea has been used for blood poisoning, fevers, carbuncles, acne, eczema, boils, peritonitis, syphilis conditions, bites and stings of poisonous insects or snakes, Erysipelas, gangrenous conditions, diplytheria, tonsillitis, sores, infections and wounds. It has been shown effective for treating conditions such as influenza, colds, upper respiratory tract infections, genital infections and other infectious conditions. Echinacea is used to offset the depressing of white cells during radiation and chemotherapy for cancer patients. Treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome, indigestion, gastroenteritis, and weight loss. Roots chewed to cause mouth numbness for toothaches. infusion of leaves and roots rubbed on painful necks, sore mouth, gums or throat. Root used to stimulate the flow of saliva. Contains an essential oil, which has been tested in the treatment of tumors. Contains vitamin A, C, E, copper, iodine, iron, potassium and sulfur.