Echinacea is a plant that is known to all the fans of gardening due to its decorative value – the dark green leaves and purple flowers can add charm to any garden. And while chamomile tea benefits are more widely known, Echinacea tea is less known, but believe me, it has a lot to offer as well.
The most popular Echinacea species is Echinacea Purpurea which has been used by the Native Americans for ages to treat wounds, inflammations and snake bites. Another common use of the herb was to prevent head- and toothache. Later the plant was also introduced to the European settlers who soon started to use it for medical purposes.
Many varieties of Echinacea were brought to Europe and the Echinacea root began to be used mainly in homeopathy. A pioneer in the production of homeopathic medicines based on this plant was a German company Dr Madaus which still exists today.
So what are the main health benefits of Echinacea herbal tea?
Younger and more elastic skin
Echinacea herbal tea protects and stimulates the creation of hyaluronic acid and collagen which are responsible for the skin’s elasticity and delaying the aging process, so they play an important role in slowing down the appearance of wrinkles. As we age, our body produces less and less hyaluronic acid and the collagen in our skin becomes more prone to damages. Echinacea can help delay this process and let us enjoy a youthful skin for longer.
Protection from infections
Another from the many Echinacea tea benefits is its antibacterial and antiviral effect. It can be applied in addition to medication in the treatment of lighter infections. As a precaution, Echinacea can be used in recurrent infections and during the autumn and winter period in order to reduce susceptibility to infections.
The Echinacea plant is an excellent choice during detox – it helps to dispose of toxins, damaged cells, bacteria and other harmful elements. Thanks to this effect it can be helpful to ease the symptoms of food poisoning.
How to brew Echinacea Tea
You can drink an Echinacea decoction or an infusion. To make Echinacea decoction you should use one teaspoon of dried root for one cup of water – the mixture has to cook for about five minutes. This should give you more or less one cup of brew. To alleviate a cold or flu it is recommended to drink up to three cups of this beverage a day.
For best results you should start drinking Echinacea tea as soon as you notice the first symptoms of a cold. Sometimes the symptoms can be alleviated after drinking three cups of this tea, in other cases, continue to drink 1 to 3 cups per day. You should not drink Echinacea for a period longer than two weeks, after which you should take a break – otherwise the body can get used to the beverage and its effects will be decreased.
For Echinacea infusion you should use one to two spoons of the herb for one mug. Place the Echinacea in a mug and pour boiling water over it. The Echinacea tea should be ready to drink after fifteen minutes.