As the name suggests, Echinacea tea is made of the Echinacea plant, native to eastern and central parts of North America.
Echinacea was frequently used by Native Americans to treat numerous health problems such as weakened kidneys, colds, and infections of the lymphatic system and liver. These days, Echinacea can be found in capsules, tea, and tinctures. Only three species of the plant are used for medicinal purposes, while the rest are used as ornamental flowers. When you purchase Echinacea, make sure that it is part of these species: Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Pallida, and Echinacea Angustifolia.
If you have a garden, you can grow your own Echinacea plants and have them dried. This way, you will know for sure that they are of the best quality.
People drink Echinacea tea not only for its refreshing taste and amazing flavor but also for its many health benefits.
- Strengthens the Immune System
The busy life of these modern times can weaken our immune system, making us more prone to illnesses. Echinacea tea helps lower the risk of an infection, thanks to the chemicals it contains that help the immune system ward off viruses and bacteria.
- Relieves Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are two words we are all familiar with. Drinking coffee is not the solution, although it gives you a short-term energy boost. Replace coffee with a cup of freshly-brewed Echinacea tea, which combats these two harmful factors. The tea does not contain caffeine, so you will not have unwanted side effects such as heart palpitations, nausea or jitteriness.
- Eases Symptoms of Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
Echinacea tea is part of the treatment for individuals who suffer from infections of the upper respiratory tract, such as the flu or a cold. The tea combats microbes and eases the symptoms of the inflammatory medical conditions. The tea is also beneficial for people who have asthma.
- Boosts the Detoxification Process
The kidneys and the liver are responsible for removing the waste products and poisonous substances from the body. But due to unhealthy lifestyle and poor eating habits, the body’s detoxification process is less effective. Drinking Echinacea tea purifies the liver, the kidneys, and the lymphatic system, helping them efficiently get rid of the toxins.
- Keep the Skin Young and Healthy
The antioxidants in the Echinacea tea neutralize the free radicals before they get the chance to damage the healthy skin cells. The intake of this tea on a regular basis can help ward off the fine lines and wrinkles. Echinacea tea can also be used to treat various skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema or athlete’s foot, boils, etc.
Echinacea works wonders on the health of the gastrointestinal tract. The tea can be used as a mild laxative, but for more chronic constipation, a cup of this tea every day can help loosen the bowels, while 2-3 cups help with sudden bouts.
Although Echinacea is a powerful therapeutic herb with many health benefits, it should not be consumed by people with compromised immune systems, suffering from AIDs, HIV, tuberculosis or multiple sclerosis.