Common Name Echinacea
Latin Name Echinacea Angustifolia, E.Purpuria
Folk Name Purple cone Flower, Black Sampson
Medical Uses Properties: Alterative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antitumor, Antiviral, Astringent, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Depurative, Digestive Tonic, Immune Stimulant, Sialagogue, Stimulant, Vulnerary.

Internal Uses: Abscess, Acne, Allergies, Blood Poisoning, Boils, Cancer, Candida, Chickenpox, Colds, Eczema, Fever, Flu, Gangrene, Herpes, Insect Bites, Measles, Mumps, Scarlet Fever, Sore Throat, Tonsillitis, Typhoid, Urinary Infections

It strengthens the immune system, beginning with tingly sensations in the mouth. Echinacea stimulates T cell production, macrophage activity, interferon production and inhibits hyaluronidase, thus making cells less susceptable to viral takeover. It helps regenerate cells that have been damaged. It helps internal gangrene, exhibits some anti-tumor activity, and dilates the peripheral blood vessels. 

Topical Uses: Eczema, Gangrene, Gingivitis, Infection, Insect Bites, Psoriasis, Pyorrhea, Snakebites, Toothache, Wounds

Topical Applications: Fresh root is chewed to alleviate toothaches. Mouthwash for gingivitis and pyorrhea. Excellent in salves, poultices and washes. Venomous bites, such as insect, spider and snake, as well as infected wounds and gangrenous conditions have all been successfully treated with Echinacea.

Contraindications: Excessive use can cause throat irritation, nausea, dizziness and excessive salivation. It can be taken frequently (every couple of hours) during acute infection, but this sort of dosing should only be followed for a few days.