What is Echinacea Tea?
Echinacea tea is a floral herbal tea made by brewing the flowers and leaves from the echinacea plant (Echinacea purpurea), sometimes referred to as the purple coneflower. The echinacea plant grows in the wild and its beautiful purple flowers bloom throughout June and July.
Echinacea tea has a strong floral taste, with a uniquely earthy undertone.
History of Echinacea:
Echinacea was central to Native American herbal medicine, where it was used to treat a wide variety of ailments, from coughs and colds, to toothaches and sore throats. Such was echinacea’s reputed health benefits that the Native Americans would ingest it during ceremonies.
During Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition into Native American lands, the explorers reported back to President Thomas Jefferson on the native’s wide use of the echinacea plant. Echinacea supplements soon became the most popular herbal remedy throughout Europe and America – and this remains the case today, with echinacea still used widely to treat the common cold and flu.
Nutritional Information of Echinacea Tea:
Echinacea tea is rich in antioxidants which have a range of health benefits, helping to decrease inflammation and eliminate free radicals. Echinacea also has antimicrobial and antiviral properties, helping to support the immune system.
Top 3 Potential Health Benefits of Echinacea Tea:
1. Boosting Immune System & Treating Cold & Flu
As mentioned above, the health benefits of echinacea for preventing and treating the common cold and flu were first recognised by the Native Americans. Echinacea tea is rich in antioxidants which stimulate the body’s natural defences and support healthy functioning of the immune system.
Scientific studies, such as in The Lancet, have shown that echinacea can help to decrease the frequency and length of the common cold.
2. Reducing Inflammation
While it is mostly celebrated for supporting immune system health, echinacea tea is linked to a number of other health benefits, including reducing inflammation. Studies have also suggested that echinacea’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce chronic pain and swelling.
3. Promoting Clearer, Healthy-Looking Skin
Echinacea tea may also help to promote healthy, clearer skin by tackling bacteria-induced inflammation which is a cause of acne. Preliminary studies have shown that echinacea’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can help to suppress the growth of Propionibacterium, which is a common cause of acne. Echinacea may also help to improve skin hydration, preventing wrinkles and promoting healthy-looking skin.
How to Prepare Echinacea Tea:
To make echinacea tea from loose echinacea plant, add one teaspoon of herbs per 200ml of boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes. Add honey and a slice of lemon to taste.
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