During times of respiratory illness and colds, purple coneflower, also known as echinacea, can be a great help in relieving symptoms.
Echinacea is an herb native to North America and has long been used to relieve simple cold symptoms. Its use reduces the number of colds by a quarter and also shortens the duration of an illness once it has started.
Parts of the plant (stems, leaves, roots and inflorescences) are used in the manufacture of many pharmaceutical products and are known to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.
What can cassava flower help with?
Cow parsley can be very useful during cold and flu season, and regular use can prevent or treat a wide range of illnesses. What exactly can it help us with?
- In the prevention and treatment of flu symptoms, no other plant today is as important as the cassava flower. It reduces the duration of the infection and reduces its symptoms.
- It can also be used to relieve colds, allergic complaints and symptoms, bronchitis, otitis media, sore throats, tonsillitis, gynaecological and genitourinary infections, as well as dermatological conditions and rheumatic diseases.
- It strengthens the immune system.
- Protects against bacteria, fungi and viruses.
- It can also be used to treat inflammatory skin diseases.
- Cow parsley can be useful to fight other frequently recurring diseases such as aphta, urinary tract infections or otitis media, bacterial infections, white discharge in women, herpes (genital herpes, cold sores and shingles)
How do we use it?
The plant is also used as echinacea drops, tablets and solution. For colds and flu, a large dose is needed, up to 200 mg five times a day. For infections, the recommended dose is 200 mg 3-4 times a day.
Possible side effects
There are no known side effects of cassava flower at the recommended doses, even in pregnant or breastfeeding women. However, people who are allergic to daisies should be careful: they may also have problems with cassava flower. If you experience breathing problems or a skin rash, contact your doctor immediately.
What else is it good for?
Several species are grown as ornamental plants. Purple coneflower and narrow-leaved coneflower are known medicinal plants (they boost the immune system and reduce inflammation). The medical name for the shoot is Echinacea herba, the root Echinacea radix. Much less popular, but also used in medicine, is the pale cassia flower. It is mainly used to make extracts for various factory preparations, but in recent years herbal teas containing dried leaves and shoots have also appeared on the market.