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Jan 12

Echinacea for Decreasing Incidence and Duration of the Common Cold

Echinacea essential oil is best known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties making it a must have to prevent or treat acute viral and bacterial infections, colds, and flu. If you feel like you are getting sick, start taking echinacea as soon as possible. Most of the time a few days of Echinacea essential oil therapy is all that is needed to help you regain your healthy feeling.

Echinacea was commonly used by Native Americans for hundreds of years before the arrival of European explorers, settlers and colonizers. It is endemic to eastern and central North America and thrives in moist to dry prairies and open woodlands.      echinacea-natural-

Echinacea’s stimulatory effects on the immune system have made it one of the most popular herbs in the world. Its ability to enhance the body’s natural defenses has applications in fighting common colds, influenza and other infections. Echinacea is also used to fight many other infections including urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.

Other echinacea essential oil uses not related to infection include chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), rheumatism, migraines, acid indigestion, pain, dizziness, rattlesnake bites, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Sometimes people apply echinacea to their skin to treat boils, abscesses, skin wounds, ulcers, burns, eczema, psoriasis, UV radiation skin damage, herpes simplex, bee stings, and hemorrhoids. Looks to me like Echinacea could be a super oil with all of its therapeutic purposes.

Scientists did a meta-analysis using 14 unique studies evaluating the effect of Echinacea on the incidence and duration of the common cold. They found that the published evidence did indeed support Echinacea’s benefit in decreasing incidence and duration of the common cold.

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