Purple coneflower, also known as Echinacea purpurea, is a member of the daisy family and is native to North America. The cone-shaped flowers of this plant have a prominent brown central cone that is surrounded by light purple or white petal-like rays.  Each flower head is composed of a single, radially symmetrical flower with a prominent, spiny central cone and long, downward drooping, purple or white petal-like rays growing in the underparts of the central cone. The leaves are lanceolate and coarsely textured, grow on long, robust stalks. A common garden flower, purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) grows well in most USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9.

The Purple Coneflower has a long history of traditional use for its antiviral and antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties. Purple coneflower extract contains rich of flavonoids, inulin, polysaccharides, echinacoside, ketoalkenes, alkylamides, cichoric acid and vitamin C. These main components are beneficial for human health.  Some studies suggest that purple coneflower extract may reduce inflammation in the body and help relieve pain from arthritis, joint pain, and muscle aches. Laboratory studies have indicated that Echinacea may have antiviral properties which could make it useful in fighting certain types of virus infections. Purple coneflower is a promising natural remedy for various ailments that warrants further research in order to fully understand its potential benefits.

Supports the immune system

Many people use echinacea to support the immune system in the hope that it will prevent colds at an early stage. It is known for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, making it a great choice to support overall immunity. Studies have shown that components in Echinacea purpurea are able to activate mechanisms in the body that help support optimum immune system health.For individuals looking to safely enhance their immune system, Echinacea purpurea may be an ideal option. The herb Echinacea extract is also known for boosting immunity during periods of stress, such as travel or training.

Aids in the treatment of colds

The plant’s leaves are often made into tea or tinctures to provide relief from common cold ailments such as coughs, sore throats, and headaches. Echinacea extract is often used to aid in the treatment of cold. Specifically, it is often taken before or after the first signs of a cold. A few studies have shown that taking a specific echinacea extract before a cold outbreak can reduce the length of time you experience a cold. Echinacea extract is also used to aid in the treatment of fevers.

The herb acts as a preventative remedy and has been studied in both children and adults. Studies have shown that those who take echinacea during the early stages of infection may experience shorter illness durations with milder symptoms. Not only does Echinacea purpurea offer positive results for fighting off cold or flu symptoms, but it also causes minimal side effects when taken according to directions. However, further research is needed to determine its effectiveness in treating cold medical conditions.

Remedy for skin issues

it has been suggested for use as a topical remedy for skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. Echinacea purpurea is gaining much deserved attention for its skincare benefits. According to studies, it has the potential to help reduce inflammation, itching, redness and burning associated with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. In addition to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it has also been found to reduce sunburn when applied topically. By regulating skin cell production and boosting collagen production, echinacea also helps slow down the aging process which can result in firmer looking skin that may appear less wrinkled. With its multiple healing benefits, echinacea purpurea is an excellent choice for those seeking out natural solutions to their skin care needs.

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