Heading back goes hand in hand with seasonal change and making good resolutions: Have you thought about an Echinacea cure?
Beneficial effects on respiratory mechanisms and ENT infections
Echinacea is an ideal plant for boosting immune defences and making the body more resistant to winter infections (colds, bronchitis, anginas). Several clinical studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects on respiratory mechanisms and ENT infections. Echinacea also enables to reduce both the severity and duration of common cold symptoms (1). This plant with purple flowers from the daisy family (Asteraceae) was first used by American Indians to treat respiratory infections and also as a topical solution as an anti-infective for wounds. It was then introduced and marketed in Europe in the 1900s.
Root and aerial part properties
At Natural Origins, we use all the parts of Echinacea: the roots and the aerial part (stem and flower).
The aerial part is harvested twice a year (June and September), contrary to the root which is harvested in November every other year to give it time to regenerate.
The two parts are of interest for their respective properties:
The root for its content of chicoric acid, a caffeic acid derivative, which has immuno-modulating properties
The aerial part which is reputed for its high polyphenol content which we have standardised at 4% in one of our extracts