Air conditioning and changes in temperature this time of year can lead to colds. In these cases, echinacea will be a good ally to increase your defenses and protect you from infections. Today we tell you all its properties.
What is echinacea?
Echinacea is a common plant in South America and Africa. It also grows in North America and is being introduced in Europe. It can withstand different climates and adverse conditions and leaves, flowers and roots are used from it.
This plant mainly used to treat infections and flu symptoms. Some of its most outstanding properties are:
Boosts the immune system
It prevents colds and is an effective remedy against the flu. According to a study published in the scientific journal The Lancet, they indicate that this plant helps to cure the flu quickly, because the symptoms disappear about 36 hours earlier than normal.
It fights infections of all kinds such as urinary tract infections, genital infections, genital infections, infections in the blood, in the gums, etc.
Relieves sore throats
It also helps reduce sore throat inflammation.
Inhibits the symptoms of influenza A
According to a study, it reveals that echinacea inhibits the influenza A virus : “Although the antiviral and antibacterial activity of echinacea is well known, it is the first time that a direct efficacy against the influenza virus has been demonstrated”.
It is effective against migraines.
Useful against digestive problems
Reduces discomfort from digestive problems.
Relieves symptoms of epidermis conditions
Like wounds, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, stings, hemorrhoids, etc.
How can we take it?
The most common way to find it is natural, in dry and fluid extract, in capsules and infusions. We can also find it in creams, lotions or dressings.
Echinacea leaves and the dry extract of the root are used in the infusions. In case of a cold, you can drink about five cups of tea a day and gradually reduce the amount as the symptoms subside.