Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family As a genus, Echinacea actually has ten species, which are commonly called coneflowers. While some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. Echinacea purpurea and angustifolia are the species used in folk medicine. In some cases they can be used interchangeably.
About this Recipe
By: Jennifer Shelhart
Echinacea increases bodily resistance to infection. So this can be external infections or internal. Examples of external infections are: boils, erysipelas (a serious bacterial infection on the skin caused by strep. It is associated with an intense rash), wounds, ulcers, burns, eczema, psoriasis, sun-related skin damage, bee stings, snake and mosquito bites, gum disease, and abscesses.
- Echinacea Purpurea or Angustifolia
- Plant based oil or Honey
A poultice is a mass of plant material much like a paste that is applied to a wound and usually covered with a cloth or bandage. It is the old school way to treat wounds and infections of the skin.
All you need is fresh or dried Echinacea and either a blender or grinder, if you’re feeling extra old school, you can even use a mortar and pestle if you have it.
Step by Step Instructions
- So if you are using the fresh herb, you’ll need to chop it into small pieces using a food processor or knife. If you are using the dried herb, you’ll grind it with a coffee grinder. You can opt for the mortar and pestle for either form.
- Transfer to a your blender. blend for 5 minutes to get it as smooth as possible. If you want to add a little bit of oil to the blender, it may help get a nice smooth texture.
- When blending is complete, transfer your Echinacea to a container to store in the refrigerator.
To use, apply it directly to the infected wound and cover with a bandage or clean cloth. Reapply twice a day.
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