This popular herb has been used to in traditional herbal medicine for hundreds of years.
The Plains Indians used various species of echinacea to deal with a wide range of problems.
The settlers quickly adopted the therapeutic use of the plant, and since that time it has become one of the top selling herbs in the United States. Since the early 1900’s hundreds of scientific articles have been written about echinacea.
The constituents of echinacea include essential oil, polysaccharides, polyacetylenes, betain, glycoside, sesquiterpenes and caryophylene. It also contains copper, iron, tannins, protein, fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E.
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