Echinacea is a very popular herbs that works to reduce cold and flu but it can also be used for other illnesses .This post will give you a list of illnesses echinacea can be used for and their dosages .
Uses and benefit for skin conditions
Acne is an a skin disorder that occurs when hormones that stimulates the over production of keratin and sebum which gets trap in the skin pores and cause blackhead when bacteria gets into the mix we get whitehead
Echinacoside a constituent of the herb helps to eliminate on the skin which can mix with keratin and sebum to form whiteheads and pustules . Echinacea’s polysaccharides reduce inflamed pustules and promote tissue regeneration. Insulin increases the mobility of infection fighting white blood cells and stimulates phagocytosis the process in which white blood cells consume invading bacteria.
Apply an echinacea pustules up to three times a day. During severe breakout one can also take a 200 mg capsule of echinacea three times daily. As a preventative fresh echinacea tea or washcloth with tea can be apply to face after cleaning .
Dermatitis is a general term to describe any skin condition that produces scaling flaking thickening color changes and or itching . Such conditions include diaper rash , poison ivy , poison oak , allergic rashes and seborrhea. Dermatitis is also known as eczema .
The polysaccharides in the echinacea help reduce the inflammation and redness of dermatitis and promote tissue repair . Caffeic acid an ingredient in echinacea helps stimulate the immune system promoting quicker healing .
Apply an echinacea poultice or formation to the affected area three times daily until it heals or massage the area with echinacea infused oil.
Shingles sometimes called herpes zoter this most times affect persons with weak immune system immune system .
Echinacin and echiacoside is a natural phenol in echinacea they have antiviral properties . Caffeic acid ingredients help to stimulate and strengthen the immune system thus preventing future shingles outbreaks . Echinacea’s polysaccharide ingredients reduce inflammation and help damaged tissue repair itself.
Apply an echinacea poultice or formentation to the affected area up to three times daily until it heals . Also take 200 mg capsule three times daily or half teaspoon of liquid extract or 1 teaspoon tincture after meal.
Oral illnesses uses and benefits
Cavity , gingivitis and sensitive gum
Echinacea does not repair your cavity but it can kill the bacteria and prevent further cavity damage.
For gingivitis it can reduce inflammation and help strengthen the gum.
It can also help with sensitive gum the herbs has alkylamide which numbness effect slightly deadening any pain. It can also has great benefits for an oral pain such as tooth aches.
Rinse your mouth three times a day with echinacea tea or decoction for your sensitive gum for up to five days if the sensitive gum persist visit the dentist.
For gingivitis rinse your mouth with echinacea tea or decoction two to three times a day after brushing . You can also place two to three drop on your tooth brush and brush your gum line three times a day.
Rinse your mouth three times a day with echinacea tea or decoction for cavities .
Respiratory illness uses and benefits
- Acute bronchitis
Acute bronchitis which is characterized by inflammation of the bronchi it is caused by the same virus which causes the common cold . Symptoms of bronchitis are coughing difficulty breathing fatigue fever and sore throat.
Echinacea blocks the viral effects of bronchitis and strength your immune system it also reduces the inflammation caused by this illness.
take 200 mg capsule three times daily or half teaspoon of liquid extract or 1 teaspoon tincture after meal.
Influenza is also caused by a virus and the symptoms are similar to the cold and flu with headaches nasal congestion sore throat tiredness muscular pain. echinacea helps by hindering the activities of the virus thus reducing symptoms it also help the body immune system get rid of the virus.
Echinacea can be used to prevent influenza once you feel the symptoms.
200 mg should be taken three times daily . Gargle to ease sore throat and a poultice or formentation can be laid directly on achy muscles or soak in bathwater with 3 teaspoons of liquid extract .
Ear nose and throat infection uses and benefits
- Middle ear infection
A middle ear infection usually occurs when fluid gathers in the middle ear causing the Eustachian tube to block or when there’s a built up of fluids in the middle ear . Symptoms ranges from mild to severe earache with fever , pus coming from the ear , temporary ear loss, feeling of fullness in the ear. Echinacea can help the body fight the infection and reduce the pain .
For adults put three to five drops of echinacea extract drops or tincture into the ear canal up to three times daily to promote healing also 200 mg capsules three timed daily.
Sinusitis are cavities around the nose that mucus through and enters the nose when these sinus become infected by fungi or bacteria it swells and causes a number of symptoms such as stuffiness , pain under the eye , blockage in the nasal passage , headache , fever and difficulty breathing.
Echinacea reduces the inflammation and allows the mucus to flow it also help s to fight the infection.
A nasal spray can be made with the tea or decoction and spray into the nostril three times daily . You can also drink 200 mg capsules three times a days .
Cystitis which is know as bladder infection caused by the Escherichia coli bacteria. Symptoms are frequent urination Cloudy urine , lower abdominal pain , painful urination and you may see blood in the urine . echinacea can help kill the bacteria and reduce the painful inflammation Insulin stimulates phagocytosis which is the process where white blood cells destroy the bacteria.
200 mg 1/2 teaspoon of liquid extract or 1 teaspoon tincture three timed daily .
- Strep throat
Strep throat is caused by streptococcus bacteria which can result in difficulty swallowing, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and fever .
Echinacea contains a substance called glycosides which has been prove to be effective against this bacteria . Another component of echinacea called inulin helps to send healing white blood cells into the infected tissue.
Gargle three times a day with echinacea tea or echinacea decoction . Along with 200 mg capsules three times a day before meal.
Urinary tract and genital uses and benefits
- Genital herpes
Genital herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus there is no permanent cure for herpes but you can prevent outbreaks which can last from five to two weeks . The symptoms are usually headaches, in women blisters around the vagina and the cervix , watery discharge usually also runs from the urethra .Echinacea can block the effect of the virus and also boost your immune system .
When an outbreak take place apply echinacea poultice or formentation directly to the affected area three times a day or swab with echinacea tea three times a day. Also take 200 mg capsule three times a day after meal 1/2 teaspoon of liquid extract or 1 tincture three times daily
Vaginitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes lining in the vagina caused by a virus or fungus . Symptoms are burning in the vagina , itching and abnormal discharge
200 mg 1/2 teaspoon of liquid extract or 1 teaspoon tincture three timed daily .You can douche with cool tea once daily .
Muscle uses and benefits
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Echinacea anti inflammatory properties help to reduce swelling in affected joint area . The echnicin in the herb helps to regulate the immune system to reduce the body attack on itself .