Echinacea Leaves Cut Leaf Infusion Immune System Colds Diabetes Anxiety Osteoarthritis


Traditionally Echinacea is best known for its beneficial effect on the immune system and possible efficacy against the common cold. A review of 14 studies found that taking Echinacea may lower the risk of developing colds by 50%, however some researchers feel that the studies were poorly designed and possibly show no real benefit or simply from chance or placebo effect. Possible results from further tests show a potential to lower blood sugar levels, helping against Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In test-tube studies Echinacea made cells more sensitive to insulin’s effects by activating the PPAR-y receptor. Echinacea may aid and reduce feelings of anxiety. In a 30-day study, adults with osteoarthritis found taking an echinacea extract reduced inflammation, pain and swelling, having previously not responding well to conventional non-steroidal inflammatory drugs. A cream containing Echinacea purpurea extract was shown to improve eczema symptoms. I really enjoyed the taste of this tea.

I steeped for 5 minutes at 100oC. and really enjoyed this drink, however, use this as a guideline and adjust according to your taste.

 It goes without saying that if you're pregnant (or are under the doc for anything) caution should be exercised with herbal decoctions.

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