Echinacea Purpurea known as purple coneflower has been used in herbal medicine as a remedy for cold, flu, psoriasis and eczema. In recent years, our mothers or grandmothers may have give us echinacea tea at the first sign of getting sick. Interesting enough, our parents were on to something, here’s why. Echinacea is an immune strengthener that can decrease inflammation in the body and can help shorten the duration of cold and flu symptoms. One study even revealed that Echinacea can reduce the odds of developing a cold by 58% reducing its duration by 1-4 days.
As I was sipping my third cup of tea, trying to ward off this nasty cold, I wondered if Echinacea had other benefits, and here’s what I found!
Echinacea Helps to Enhance Hair Growth
Echinacea stimulates the stem cells associated with each hair follicle. Using echinacea promotes hair growth by increasing the blood circulation to the scalp, supplying vitamins and nutrients that strengthen the hair follicles and help prevent early-onset hair loss.
Echinacea as an Anti-dandruff Remedy
The flaky, damaged, and inflamed scalp of many dandruff sufferers leads to itching that can eventually lead to hair fall. The anti-microbial properties in Echinacea help to calm the scalp by hydrating it, reducing scalp irritation and killing the bacteria causing inflammation.
Echinacea Helps to Reduce Wrinkles
Echinacea is rich in tannins that work as an astringent to help shrink pores and reduce age spots. The Ursolic and Caftaric acids found in the flower act as collagen smoothing in fine lines and wrinkles. Dullness and lines on the face are signs of aging that cause damage to the skin. Using echinacea extract in a cream or lotion is an effective way to prevent dry skin and maintain a smooth texture through overnight application.
Echinacea is an Amazing Remedy for Acne
Echinacea’s antibacterial and analgesic effects work as a topical disinfectant and is great for treating acne, blackheads and whiteheads. It helps to remove swelling and acne scars to maintain glowing skin.
Echinacea Aids to Get Rid of Scars
Echinacea also helps relieve reduce scars on the skin. You can regain the confidence through regular use of this magic flower by using Echinacea powder to gently exfoliate facial skin. Topical application of this natural herb is a good remedy for bug bites, irritated skin, and soothing eczema and psoriasis. You can also consume this herb to avoid infection during the healing process.
Speed up wound healing
Echinacea can speed up the formation of new skin cells eliminating bacteria and toxins. The antioxidants destroy the toxins or free radicals that damage the cells in our body prematurely. Because of the antioxidants in Echinacea, drinking Echinacea tea or taking a high-quality supplement can contribute to healthy cell growth in your body.
Echinacea as an Anti-Anxiety
Echinacea has been found to be an effective anti-anxiety supplement . Echinacea extract helps regulate the synapses that aid communication between your body and brain. While it can’t turn off the “fear reflex” that people who have anxiety attacks experience, it can limit the physical effects of your fears and help you to feel calmer.
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