Latin name: Echinacea purpurea
Other names: Purple Coneflower, American Coneflower, Black Sampson, Comb Flower, Hedgehog, Indian Head, Rudbeckia, Sampson Head, Scurvy Root, Snakeroot
Echinacea comes from North America, the Europeans know its healing properties due to the Indians, is now cultivated in Europe and Asia, and also often grown in their gardens as an ornamental plant. According to the literature herb Echinacea purpurea herb is used to treat the symptoms of colds and flu and to shorten the duration of infection. Also provided for long-term use supports the immune system. Echinacea infusion is also effective in the treatment and prevention of digestive disorders, diseases of the biliary tract, chronic inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract. It is also used to treat burns, frostbite, and difficult to heal wounds. The contents of the active compounds in the herb and root is slightly different: herb contains glycosides (bacteriostatic), flavonoids (an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, seal the walls of blood vessels) and essential oils. The roots of Echinacea contain phenolic glycoside (increases resistance to infection), chlorogenic acid (a natural antioxidant), inulin (supports weight loss, it is a prebiotic stimulates the growth of beneficial microflora in the gastrointestinal tract). Echinacea also protects against aging skin activates the regeneration of cells stimulates the synthesis of collagen, collagen protects against harmful UV rays, stimulates the synthesis of hyaluronic acid. Herb echinacea is also recommended for oily skin and acne (neutralize inflammation, promotes healing of pimples and prevents the appearance of having new).
- Inflammation of the urinary tract