Another plant in Gemsjardin
Echinacea is a wonderful herb that has been around for over 400 years as a natural remedy used by the Native Americans and adopted by the early settlers as a medicine. Members of the medical profession in early America relied heavily on echinacea, but it fell from favor with the advent of pharmaceutical medicine and antibiotics. Many physicians are rediscovering the benefits of echinacea. It has many powerful healing qualities including immune support, helps with inflammation, pain, swelling, helps with colds, flu’s, gum disease, tonsillitis, herpes, yeast infections… and more.
How to prepare Echinacea:
Steep the flowers , stems and roots into a tea( this does not taste very good so I would recommend adding 1 drop of Peppermint Essential oil ).
The roots, flowers and stems are also dried and made into a tincture. To make a tincture for internal use, you need a menstruum(a liquid used to dissolve the organic material). The menstruum can be alcohol, apple cider vinegar, or vegetable glycerine. A good rule of thumb for beginners is, “When in doubt, use drinking alcohol(such as vodka).” a pint jar and labels.
Place the dried roots,flowers and stems in the jar cover with the menstruum (usually 60% menstruum 40 % plant) put the lid on and label with the date.
Let stand for 4 to 6 weeks then use a cheesecloth, strain the liquid. TaDa you now have a tincture.
At the first sign of a cold or throughout a cold take ½ to ¾ of a teaspoon of the tincture 3 to 4 times a day. per day.
Hope this helps, until later your friend Bill.