Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Echinacea Tea!

                            | 9 Benefits of Echinacea Tea |

| Echinacea Cone Flower | a North American plant of the daisy family that has flowers with conelike disks that appear to consist of soft spines

| Echinacea | Medical Definition | Echinacea, or purple coneflower, is a perennial herb of the Composite family, commonly known as the daisy family. Most often referred to as the purple coneflower, this hardy plant also known as Sampson root, Missouri snakeroot, and rudbeckia. The prominent, bristly seed head inspired the generic name of the plant, taken from the Greek word echinos meaning hedgehog.

                                                    | Benefits |

1.       Combats Cancer: Fascinating research about Echinacea benefits regarding brain cancer has been published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Stating that,

The medicinal value of photochemical contained in Echinacea is clearly evident and indicates that these agents, as well as photochemical not yet discovered in other herbs, may be valuable tools to combat tumors.

The use of Echinacea as another natural cancer treatment is now being recommended, literally, “alongside — or indeed in place of — conventional therapy.”

2.    Boosts the Immune System: Published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, the University of Connecticut performed a meta-analysis study that evaluated 14 studies and determined that:
- Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent.
- Echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days.

3.     Alleviates Pain: Echinacea’s history began when Echinacea purpurea was used by the Great Plains Indians as a painkiller. It’s especially effective for the following types of pain:
-Pain in the bowels
-Pain associated with headaches
-Pain associated with HSV (Herpes)
-Pain associated with gonorrhea
-Pain associated with measles
-Snake bites
-Sore throats
-Stomach ache

Some common ways to use Echinacea to combat pain is to drink the herbal tea, or even make a paste out of the ground herb and rub it directly on the area that is affected.

4.    Functions as a Laxative: Like many herbs, Echinacea is particularly healing for the stomach and entire gastrointestinal tract. According to Medical Herbalism, for example, Echinacea can be used as a mild laxative to provide natural constipation relief and as a calming agent. Drinking the herbal tea is especially effective to help with this. For more chronic conditions, a cup of tea every day can help loosen the bowels — whereas 2–3 cups per day can help with sudden bouts. However, be sure not to over use echinacea, keeping watch to limit your tea to two cups a day max and taking supplements as directed on their labels.

5.    Anti-Inflammatory: Arguably the number one killer worldwide, inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Various factors — including stress, toxins in our food and poor sleep — all contribute. Thankfully, as explained by the University of British Columbia, regular echinacea consumption can effectively reverse and alleviate various types of inflammation. The National Institute of Health reports that it can even help with uveitis, or eye inflammation. It’s a good idea for people who struggle with chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis to regularly consume the herbal tea.

6.    Improves Skin Problems: Echinacea benefits the skin superbly. In a paper prepared by Armando González Stuart, PhD, about herbal safety, it describes how echinacea has been used by various Native American tribes to treat:

- Arthropod bites
- Eczema
- Inflammatory skin conditions
- Psoriasis
- Snakebite
- Skin infections
- Stings
- Wound healing
- It can also be used to regenerate skin.

7.     Helps Improve Mental Health: Echinacea angustifolia is the recommended species to help with these specific ailments related to ADD/ADHD, and it can be considered one of the natural remedies for ADHD. Both adults and children suffering from ADD/ADHD have a higher-than-normal chance of experiencing emotional disturbances, especially:
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Social phobia

Again, dosage is key. It’s recommended to only take 20 milligrams at a time and no more. In fact, taking more than 20 milligrams per dose can actually cancel out the Echinacea benefits that relieve anxiety.

8.    Relieves Upper Respiratory Issues: Because of its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects, Echinacea can be used to relieve the following upper respiratory symptoms:
- Acute sinusitis
- All flu’s
- Common cold
- Croup
- Diphtheria
- Inflammation
- Strep throat
- Tuberculosis
- Whooping cough

For more severe issues, supplements are the way to go as drinking tea, for instance, is just not concentrated enough.

9.    Fights Infection: Echinacea is also a fantastic remedy for a whole slew of infections. According to the NIH, taking Echinacea and applying a medicated cream to the skin can lower the rate of reoccurring vaginal infections by to 16 percent, compared to simply taking the medicine alone. It’s also known to help with:
- Bloodstream infections
- Genital herpes
- Gum disease
- Malaria
- Syphilis
- Typhoid
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal yeast infections

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