American Indians watched elk seek out echinacea when they were sick or wounded, and learned to use the plant for their own medicine. The antimicrobial and antiseptic herb has been popular around the world as a protective treatment since – for skin troubles, pain relief, sore throats, snakebite, and in modern times the common cold. There are nine species of echinacea, which are also known as purple coneflowers. The petals of their pretty flowers range from dark purple to pale pink, as well as white and yellow.
For your skin, it is:
- a natural antibacterial that gives a deep daily cleanse
- a treatment that is used to help skin troubles like rashes, eczema, wounds and burns
- an antimicrobial ingredient.
Echinacea is a popular botanical remedy for stimulating and supporting the body’s immune system to ward off infections. This effect is most likely due to its fat-soluble alkamides.