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Echinacea plant is named after the Greek word for ‘hedgehog’, ‘Echinos’, in reference to the shape of the sharp-pointed leaves. Echinacea is used for infectious disease recurrence due to a decrease in body defences and makes for an excellent immune system booster.
Echinacea was highly valued as a medicinal herb by Native Americans and early settlers in America, who used it for healing weeping wounds, boils and abscesses, and to treat snakebite. They also used it as a mouthwash, to make poultices and as a health promoting tea. In the Middle Ages, Echinacea was used as an aphrodisiac.
Today it has an extensively researched and confirmed reputation for enhancing immune function and is used as a preventative for colds and influenza. Echinacea is also considered to be useful in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections.