For years I have loved Echinacea, and am well aware of the many Echinacea benefits.
In fact, when I get a slight soreness in the back of my throat. When my nose begins to run a bit. If I am just feeling a bit under the weather, I grab a bottle of encapsulated Echinacea.
At this point, Jason is the same way. And he told me that when he is packing to work out of town I need to make sure he has the “essentials” with him. Meaning other than his daily vitamins, I need to make sure he has Echinacea, Vit.C and an herbal blend for the lymph glands. 🙂
The December Herbal magazine came to my email the beginning of this month and was followed by the herb box on the 14th. I know I’ve said this before, but I really love what all I am learning with this. The Rose issue last month was amazing, and I gave some of the cream I made to my mom who loves it!
So, what are some Echinacea Benefits?
- Stimulates the Immune System
- Is anti-inflammatory and supports the lymphatic system
Of course there are many more, but I’m sure you can clearly see why this herb is so important in our house.
When your body is run down, it becomes sick. By stimulating your immune system, you are giving your body the tools it needs to fight off the infection. Supporting the lymphatic system keeps things running smoothly and also helps clear up symptoms of a sinus infection.
I want to point something out though: Do not just run to your local grocery’s drugstore for herbs. When it comes to herbs and vitamins, you really get what you pay for. I grew up taking Pure Herbs and Nature’s Sunshine herbs, wonderfully pure and effective.
When we were first married, I ended up with a sinus infection. Since I could run across the street to my grandma’s house (our herbal supplier) I went to GNC for Echinacea. I remember thinking it seemed very inexpensive compared to what I was used to…. For me, I can reverse a cold within 24 hours if I take my herbs like I need to. However, I took the entire bottle during the 6 days I was sick and I’m pretty sure I got over the cold because it ran it’s course and had nothing to do with the cheep-o bottle of Echinacea.
Now, I did learn something new (okay lots of somethings), the herbal living magazine gave instructions for making your own Echinacea tincture. Since Echinacea also goes by the name of cone-flower, that should tell you that it’s a very common flower so I know I will make some next summer!
The herb box is always the highlight of my day. Because I learned about these amazing herbs already and now I have some supplies to work with. This time my herb box contained: Dried Echinacea, Immune Boosting Tea, Echinacea Essence, and the ingredients to make a yarrow, Echinacea salve. True to form, I was also sent a tin to store it in as well as a nicely printed label!
It’s too late to order the December herb box. In order to keep prices down and products fresh, herb box orders must be in by the 15th of the previous month. But you can still order the December issue of the the Herbal Living magazine. January’s issue is all about Elderberry and I am super excited about it! Just like with this month, the 15th is past, so it’s too late to order the herb box for January. But, I got just the magazine first. Not much money out and it allowed me to decide if I really wanted the box or not. So go ahead, order the December issue about Echinacea and remember to get the January one as well. By the 15ht of next month you will know if you want to box or not. (AF Links)
I liken this magazine and box to a crash course on many different important herbs. With the high quality of both information and ingredients, I consider this subscription totally worth it. Learn more here.