Echinacea herb, or purple coneflower, is a perennial medicinal plant. It is of the composite family, popularly referred to as the daisy family. This herb's species are herbaceous as well as drought-tolerant perennial plants growing to a height of one hundred and forty centimeters. There are nine different species, however, the one that is primarily used is the Echinacea purpurea. This one is indigenous to North America.
The health benefits of this magnificent plant are many and it has been found to boost the immune system and has been touted for many years as the wonder herb for an immune system. So it is an immune booster and an antibiotic. It is very popular for use in treatment of colds, flu, infections of the ear, cold sores, yeast infection and also viral infections. It has been utilized by many American as well as European doctors to treat these infectious diseases.
It contains various compounds that contribute to its effectiveness as a potent health and medicinal plant. Echinacea herb contains essential oil, polyacetylenes, polysaccharides, betain, sesquiterpenes, glycoside, as well as caryophylene. In addition it also contains copper, iron, tannins, protein, fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, and E.
Potential Use: We could use this plant for threating virus infections very efficently.
Sources: Wikipedia and various other websites.
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