Echinacea tincture can be used as a gargle in throat infections such as tonsillitis and sore throats and used externally as an antiseptic lotion for skin infections.
Echinacea tincture vitalizes the immune system and works in a variety of ways to stimulate the organism to return to a healthy state, a role that traditional herbalists classed as ‘alterative’.
Indications for use of echinacea tincture include frequent infections, chronic susceptibility and other symptoms of a ‘run-down’ system.
Many of our customers have told us that positive medicine’s organic echinacea tincture tastes delicious and their children happily take the drops in juice at breakfast time.
Botanical name: Echinacea Purpurea
Common names: Cone Flower; Rudbeckia
Related Species: Echinacea Augustifolia: E Pallida:
Habitat: Native to central USA: Extensively cultivated throughout the USA & Europe:
Parts used: Roots and Leaves
Tincture Strength: 1:2: 25% vol.alc:
Dose: 2mls in water 2 or 3 times daily
History: Used by Native American Indians as a plant of many uses – including toothache, sore throat, snakebite and septic conditions. Echinacea was used as an ‘alterative’ to assist the organism in returning to healthy conditions and strengthening the forces of the immune system.
Science: A series of experiments have shown Echinacea purpurea tincture to exhibit significant immunomodulatory activity and stimulation of the varying branches of the non-specific immune system. (Ref: B. Barrett, Phytomedicine)
Researchers, led by Dr Craig Coleman from the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy combined the results of 14 different studies on Echinacea’s anti-cold properties.
In one of the 14 studies the researchers reviewed, Echinacea was taken alongside vitamin C. This combination reduced cold incidence by 86%. When Echinacea was used alone it reduced cold incidence by 65%.