Echinacea has potent antiseptic and antibiotic actions and is best known for its ability to enhance overall immune function.
Suitable for use in immunity formulations
Finished product presentations include capsules, tablets, tinctures and tea.
From the Asteraceae family, echinacea includes about 9 different species, the most common of which being angustifolia and purpurea. It is native to the United States and can be found growing as a wildflower in the prairies from the Midwest to Texas. It is mostly cultivated in Europe and it is often grown as an ornamental plant in many gardens due to its beautiful purplish blossoms.
The constituents of Echinacea include oil and resin, both in the wood and bark, as well as caffeic acid derivatives (such as cichoric acid, echinacoside, verbascoside, chlorogenic acid and isochlorogenic acid), polysaccharides, including inulin (5.9%) and fructans, flavonoids (including rutoside, luteolin, kaempferol, quercetin, apigenin and isorhamnetin), alkamides, polysaccharides, two phytosterols, fatty acids, betaine and sucrose.
The dried root, flower heads, seeds and rhizome are all harvested for medicinal use, and are made into various forms, including capsules, extracts, tinctures and tea. Echinacea purpurea has very similar medicinal properties to echinacea angustifolia.