Roots and leaves.
Chemical and nutrient content
Arabinose, betaine, copper, echinacen, echinacin B, echinacoside, echinolone, enzymes, fructose, fatty acids, galactose, glucose, glucuronic acid, inulin, inuloid, iron, pentadecadiene, polysaccharides, potassium, protein, resin, rhamnose, sucrose, sulfur, tannins, vitamins A, C, and E, and xylose.
A bitter herb used for colic, colds, flu, infections, and snake bites.
Has antibiotic, antiviral, and antiinflammatory properties.
Good for the immune system, lymphatic system, and glandular swelling.
Can be sold fresh, freeze-dried, dried, or as an alcohol extract, liquid, tea, capsule, or salve. (Take every 2 hours for acute inflammation and decrease dosage accordingly).
WARNING: Alcohol tincture may destroy polysaccharides in echinacea that stimulate the immune system, although other active ingredients remain intact.
Most tinctures are 20 percent in order to preserve the herb, but even 10 percent ruins the echinacea. The freeze-dried form is preferred.