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Echinacea spp.

A popular and powerful immune system helper.

Use this herb for:


  • Lymph mover

  • Immune support

  • Allergy support

  • Increases salivation


  • Support during common cold and flu caused by (rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, influenza virus)

  • Seasonal allergies

  • Chronic Infections

  • Swollen lymph glands

  • Sinus and middle ear infections

  • Gastrointestinal & Urinary tract infections

  • Skin conditions including: Psoriasis, Eczema, Shingles and Herpes

  • Adjuvant therapy alongside chemotherapy and radiation

  • Auto-immune conditions

  • Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia


  • Alkylamides (isobutylamides)

  • Phenolics (cichoric acid)

  • Polysaccharides


Spicy, Cooling and Drying – Simulating/Moving


For the Depressed tissue state


In the Herbal Tarot, “The Spirit of Herbs” by Michael Tierra – Echinacea is associated with the Temperance card, (XIV) of the major arcana.  This card is the personification of Sagittarius a Fire sign that falls from November 23rd – December 21st, the Winter Solstice.  This plant is the final fire as we enter the underworld often related to death and birth.  Echinacea roots being harvested at the end of fall produce a tincture that when coming in to contact with the tongue will produce a sensation of conflagration.  This will ultimately lead to a flooding of water or saliva.  Tierra wonderfully makes the connection that Temperance is perfect harmony of fire and water thus Echinacea producing a sensation of “burning” and numbing of the tongue also encourages the body to produce saliva.  Fire is the element of purification.  While we often use Echinacea in response to help purify the body of a virus, we also apply Echinacea to move the blood and lymph to help clear “toxins” and metabolites that can be given the designations of “phlegm” in the Western Herbal Tradition. Phlegm is associated to the Winter which is connected to the Depressed tissue state (Cold, Heavy, Slow) and which also begins as we exit Sagittarius and move in to Capricorn.


Echinacea is a perennial that grows well in hardiness zones 3 – 10. These seeds may require stratification to germinate.  Echinacea does well in most soils and will do well in the sun and some shade.  The root is most concentrated in the active constituents we use.  The roots can be harvested usually after the 2nd or 3rd year of growth and is harvested in the Fall when the plant sends its energy to the roots.


  • Use with caution alongside immune suppressing pharmaceuticals (Bone, 2007)

  • Avoid in known allergy

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