Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Components: Nine species of the plant grow perennially throughout North America, as far north as Saskatchewan and as far south as Texas. All have bright purple flowers except for E. paradoxa, whose flowers are yellow. All variants possess phytochemicals that improve the immune system.
Overview: Widely known and used extensively by Native Americans and herbalists for generations, echinacea gained popularity outside of North America in the 1900s. Revered for its ability to support a healthy immune system, it is one of the most popular and available herbal supplements in existence. This powerful plant increases the number of white blood cells in your body and activates them, providing a strong defense against viruses.
Uses: May be used fresh or dried in a tea or tincture, or powdered and encapsulated.