Echinacea Angustifolia Herb, Root -Benefits, Uses And Side Effects
Scientific name: Echinacea al1gustifolia
Actions: Alterative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-putrefactive, anti-venomous, antiseptic, antiviral, deodorant, depurant, aphrodisiac, sialogogue, diaphoretic, aromatic, carminative, bitter, stimulant, vulnerary.
Echinacea angustifolia DC. is an herbaceous perennial and a member of the Asteraceae family. Commonly called narrow leaf purple coneflower, it has a natural range in North America that includes most of the mid-western states east of the Rocky Mountains. E. angustifolia grows at a rate of six to eight inches a year to a mature height of twelve to twenty-eight inches. The leaves are lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, and the flowers are cone-shaped disks with purple, pale pink, or rarely white spreading ray flowers. The plant has one or more stems that are mostly unbranched, and flowers bloom from June to July. The taproot of cultivated E. angustifolia is harvested three-to-four years from seed. It is the root that is believed to contain most of the plant's medicinal value, although the herb is also used
Uses and benefits of Echinacea Angustifolia
Topically, echinacea may have anti-infective and anti-inflammatory effects, so it has been applied to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is included in other topical products used to relieve conditions as diverse as hemorrhoids and insect bites. Some early evidence from animal studies shows that topical echinacea preparations may also protect skin from damage due to sunlight.
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