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Used to treat inflammation and alleviate cold and flu symptoms, such as cough and runny nose, echinacea (Echinacea ssp.) is a medicinal plant popularly known as cone flower, purple or rudbechia. Relative to lettuce, sunflower and daisy (species of the same botanical family), it is usually found in capsule form or in health food stores. But for you to know why and how to consume it correctly, you need to pay attention to some details.

Echinacea is used to treat infections, inflammation and some viral diseases.

Owner of medicinal properties, echinacea is popularly used to treat infections, inflammation and some viral diseases. When consumed in the form of tea, for example, it works as a kind of “home remedy” that helps boost the body’s immunity. Below, we’ve separated some reasons why to consume it:

  1. Echinacea tea eases flu symptoms

Thanks to its antioxidant, anti-allergic and immunostimulant properties, echinacea tea works as a great tea for colds and flu! Similar to the combination of garlic with lemon and honey, the drink helps alleviate typical flu symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, tiredness and muscle weakness.

  1. Has detoxifying action

As well as green, red and functional juices (rich in detoxifying foods), echinacea can help to “detoxify” the body in a natural and healthy way. When combined with other ingredients, such as in lemon, apple, ginger and hibiscus suchás, the plant’s tea is even more nutritious and potent, but should only be consumed after the recommendation of a professional.

  1. Plant is used to treat inflammation, infections and superficial injuries

With antimicrobial and healing action, echinacea also helps to treat inflammation (such as herpes and tonsillitis) and urinary and viral infections, such as HPV. When indicated by a specialist, it can still be used to heal superficial injuries and wounds, but it should not work as an alternative treatment.

To consume echinacea, make teas or compresses

In addition to the use of capsules, two very common ways to consume echinacea are preparing teas or compresses with the plant. In the case of tea, just mix 1 teaspoon of the ingredient’s root or leaves with 1 cup of hot water, wait 15 minutes to release the plant’s properties and strain before drinking. In the case of compresses, the idea is to make a small bundle with the root and leaves of the plant crushed in a cloth moistened with hot water and then apply it to the skin.

Note: Although it has many benefits, echinacea tea is not suitable for people who suffer from tuberculosis, HIV or multiple sclerosis. It can also cause allergic reactions for those who are allergic to plants of the herbaceous family and should not be consumed by pregnant women or children.

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