Medicine for the People
By Harvey Walks With Hawks
It is time to plant your
first seeds of this wonderful and beautiful medicinal
flower. I just planted mine the other day. You need to
get some good potting soil and some type of tray. Put
the potting soil about an inch thick on the bottom of
the container you are using. Pour a good source of warm
water over the soil until it is saturated thoroughly.
Place a seed about every 2-3 inches on top of the
potting soil. Cover the seeds with about ˝ inches of
potting soil and set it in a warm place. Do not set in
direct sunlight until the seedlings have the first true
leaves showing then place container somewhere and keep
away from direct sunlight. Add water again and do not
over water. To give plants more strength place in shade
outside for several days (bring in plants at night).
Gradually expose plants to full sunlight.
You can transplant or dig
holes deep enough to cover roots and press gently around
plants. Another way of planting is you can prepare a
flower bed and plant seeds according to instructions on
package. These plants can grow 2 ˝ -3 ˝ feet tall and
are beautiful and also good for healing.
Native American medicine
men/women were the first to recognize that Echinacea can
activate the body’s ability to heal itself or diseases.
They applied freshly squeezed juice from this native
wildflower (Coneflower) crushed leaves to compresses and
also added it to medicinal beverages. In recent years,
numerous scientific studies have confirmed the benefits
of Echinacea. Its immune-boosting components have been
shown to increase the number of immune-system cells in
the body and also to enhance the activity of these
cells. Commonly known as both purple coneflower and
Sampson root, Echinacea has proven to be an excellent
preventive against colds, flu and other bacterial,
fungal and viral infections. When applied externally, a
tincture made with Echinacea helps to heal wounds.
Because tinctures are so difficult to prepare, readymade
ones are generally recommended.
Echinacea contains many ingredients that exert an
overall stimulating effect on the immune system. The
herb also activates the liver, lymph bodes and mucous
membranes, enhancing the body’s overall ability to fight
infections. Other specific substances contained in
Echinacea have wound-healing and germicidal properties.
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese,
phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2,
B3, and C. Note: To guarantee the full effect if
making extracts be sure and utilize the flower, leaves
and also root.
Side Effects: There
have been no reports of adverse side effects or
interactions between Echinacea and other remedies, drugs
or medications. However, people who tend to be allergic
to mixed herbal remedies should exercise caution when
taking Echinacea. If you are allergic to ragweed or the
sunflower family you should exercise caution when
taking. So many Echinacea preparations contain alcohol
to increase their shelf life; children should be given
pure pressed juice, lozenges or chewable tablets.
Latest Research Findings:
Scientists have reported that extreme physical exertion
during athletic training can weaken the immune system,
increasing susceptibility to infections. Many sports
physicians recommend that marathon runners and others
undergoing endurance training take Echinacea for a day
or so after extreme physical exertion to strengthen the
Extra Tip: You can
also treat fever blisters with Echinacea as soon as they
begin to itch or tingle. Place a few drops of pressed
Echinacea juice on a cotton ball or swab and gently
apply it to the affected area. This easy home remedy
can halt the progression of the lesions and even prevent