The Echinacea flower, known as the purple coneflower, is native to the Midwestern region of North America. It is thought that Native Americans may have used Echinacea for more than 400 years.
The Echinacea Plant
The name Echinacea may come from the Greek word 'echinos' which is translated into 'hedgehog'. The plant has a spiky head, comparable to the small and prickly critter.
Echinacea is commonly known as the purple coneflower due to its unique appearance. The flower has either pink or purple petals with a purple or brown central cone. This central cone is a seed head which is comprised of sharp spines.
There are three variations of the Echinacea plant often used in products including Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, and Echinacea pallida.
Echinacea can be found in a mixture of forms including tintures, liquid extracts, and drops.
As mentioned, there are three main types of Echinacea plant used in these products. The preparations are commonly made with various parts of the flower, including both the above and below-ground segments.
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