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(Echinacea angustifolia)
Common names: Black Sampson, Coneflower, Kansas Niggerhead, Purple Coneflower, Rudbeckia.

Echinacea

Echinacea

 
© 2003 Karen Shelton © 2003 Karen Shelton  
Parts Used: Root, entire herb. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: Several Plains tribes sprinkled the juice of the plant onto the coals during sweats.

Physical Uses: Native to North America, this herb grows from the prairie states to Pennsylvania.

Folk medicine has used it an antitoxin and an antiseptic for fighting infections.

The Sioux scraped fresh roots to treat snakebite and infection of skin wounds. Also used for toothache and sore throats.

The root tea was used externally to treat various skin conditions, including acne, boils, and eczema.

Leaf tea is used to generally suppport the immune system.

 

Preparation:

ROOT TEA:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to sit for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of chopped and bruised root. Stir briefly and cover.
  3. Allow to steep for hour.
  4. Strain and discard the root.
  5. Dosage: 1 tablespoon at a time, 3-6 times a day.

LEAF TEA:

  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to sit for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of chopped leaves. Stir briefly and cover.
  3. Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain and discard the leaves.
  5. Dosage: cup twice a day.

WASH WATER:

  1. Mix 1/4 cup each of chopped Echinacea root and ground Myrrh (Commiphora molmol).
  2. Pour 1 quart of boiling water over the herbs, stir and cover.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Allow to steep for 20 minutes.
  5. Strain and discard the herbs.
  6. Use the water to wash the patient with when treating typhoid fever.

 

Photographer Karen Shelton www.altnature.com
 
     
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