You may have that box of Echinacea tea in your cold-medicine stash with the belief that the tea will help to shorten the length of your cold. Or there may be some of you that have a stockpile of the tea in their home, because of 90-year-old Great Aunt Agnes that claims that it has been Echinacea tea that has given her all those years.
Both scenarios show the most common uses for Echinacea teas. But shortening the life of a common cold and boosting the immune system are just two of the benefits of Echinacea tea, lets review some of the other, more uncommon benefits:
- Snakebites – This centuries-old flower was one of the original cures for snakebite. When the leaves and pedals were ground into a tea for drinking, a snakebite victim would drink Echinacea tea for soothing comfort or have it be used topically as a salve.
- Acne – A popular cure for acne in Europe is to topically spread Echinacea tea along the face and neck. Bacteria in some acnes can be fought with active ingredients found in the Echinacea plant and have been known to slow the progression of acne.
- Urinary Tract Infection/Bladder Infection – Echinacea tea is known to relieve some of the burning symptoms of a UTI or Bladder infection. One cup of Echinacea root tea will relieve pain within an hour. To keep the pain at bay, drink 3-4 cups each day. The drinking of the tea will also help the infection to leave the body in nearly 24 hours.
- Migraine Headaches – Echinacea tea is a great way to alleviate the pain of a migraine headache, and when drinking the tea regularly, it could decrease the amount and frequency of migraines you get.
Because this herbal remedy is so popular, be weary when choosing the right tea for you. Herbal remedies are unregulated in the United States, meaning that some teas claiming to have Echinacea may not have a trace of the herb in it at all. To find the perfect tea for you, make sure to read the ingredients before purchasing.
Our Native American ancestors have used this “cure-all” plant for centuries, without fail. They have used Echinacea tea for ailments from the common cold to strengthening the immune system. And new uses for this purple flower seem to arise every day.