I was recently asked a question about whether or not common flower garden echinacea could be used as medicine.
I’m sure you’ve seen it. You go to the local garden store to purchase some flower seeds to plant. I mean, fresh cut flowers are the best, right? You glance at the back of the seed pack to see what plants are included in the mix, and if you know anything about herbs, you’ll notice some common herb names listed. And in most premixed, cut flower variety packs, echinacea is one of those herbs.
However, is this the kind of echinacea that can be dug up and used in a tea or tincture? I mean, have you ever wondered that?
If so, today, I’m answering this question and telling you if you can use your flower garden echinacea as medicine.
So, to get right down to it… yes, yes, and yes! You can definitely use your flower garden echinacea as medicine. In fact, I’d encourage you to do so, but first, let me give you some things to think about. I mean, not all herbs are meant to be used as medicine. Some are simply meant to be pretty!
Has Your Echinacea Been Exposed To Fertilizers Or Chemicals
If you fertilize your garden plants or put anything on or around them that has chemicals… don’t use them for medicine… especially not for tinctures (they’re concentrated). Your plants absorb everything out of the ground including the chemicals you put on them to help them have big pretty blossoms. You don’t want that junk in your medicine or your body. It’s better to simply buy it in this case!
This also applies to the seeds in those tiny cut flower packages you buy. You may want to look into the company to see where they get their seeds from and if they treat them with anything before packaging them. If they do, I’d avoid using those in my herbal preparations.
Do You Need The Roots Or The Tops
The root of echinacea has the strongest medicinal properties, and it’s what I use to make my tinctures. If I want echinacea in a tea or a rinse of some sort, and I’m not really going for some serious immune boosting, then I’ll use the tops of the plant and save my root. But, if you are wanting to use it for its great immune boosting properties, go with the root. If you don’t want to dig up your pretty echinacea flower for its roots, just buy it!
Which Type Of Echinacea Preparation Do You Need
In my opinion, echinacea is best as a tea or tincture, and you can make both of these using your fresh echinacea plant. In fact, it’s going to be better for you to use fresh over dried almost all the time, but that’s not always possible. However, if you want echinacea capsules or a honey syrup, you’re going to need to dry your plant first because the water in the plant doesn’t work with these two supplelments. That can be a tiny bit of a hassle, but if you’re up for it then go for it.
And there you go. You can totally use your flower garden echinacea as medicine, as long as you consider a few things first to see if it’s the best choice.