The benefits of echinacea: a super supplement for your detox

One of the benefits of echinacea is how it helps the body during and after a detox.

When detoxifying, the body can have a pretty tough time trying to flush out all the toxins from the body.

During this time, the body can undergo a healing reaction that leaves us feeling potentially much worse before the benefits of detoxification really kick in. During the final stages of a detox or right after, there can be great benefits to taking Echinacea both as an immune builder and for the removal of any residual toxins. In this article, you will discover what a super herb this is and the many benefits of using echinacea, both after a detox and for general system and immune support.

Introduction to echinacea

Echinacea (or Echinacea Angustifolia/Echinacea Purpurea) is a pretty fabulous plant. As a sacred plant to Native Americans, echinacea is considered the most beautiful of all North American wildflowers. It was brought to the West almost 200 years ago to treat cancer, colds, smallpox, etc. It has been depicted in Wild West movies as “snake medicine”, capable of curing rattlesnake bites! Although it is native to North America, it can be grown in many climates, including Great Britain, although it does not like heavy, wet soils and does best in light, free-draining ones!

What echinacea does

If the immune system has been down or has undergone some pretty major changes in the past few months, then it’s a good idea to help rebuild it. Echinacea works as a modulator or stimulator of the immune response, rather than a stimulant (as previously thought!). Echinacea works by priming monocytes (a type of white blood cell that removes bad things from the body!) for a faster immune response.

Echinacea benefits, especially after detoxification

1) It can really help inflammatory skin conditions that can usually be temporarily made worse by a detox. Skin problems often have toxicity at their root. Both contact dermatitis and psoriasis can respond to topical ointments containing echinacea root.

2) It can really help reduce sore throats and elevated lymph nodes. When the body is detoxified, the immune response is worked hard and often the lymph nodes can be temporarily elevated. It can also help with general symptoms of sore throat and tonsillitis etc. It does so because of Echinacea’s ability to mobilize immune components in the area.

3) It can be of great help in Urethritis and Cystitis. Anything with the word ‘itis’ at the end means ‘inflammation’ and for these conditions infection and inflammation conditions can be reduced.

4) Colds, coughs and flu can also be alleviated by taking Echinacea as it reduces the accompanying inflammation.

5) Thrush: One of the great benefits of echinacea is that it is very helpful with fungal overgrowth (Candida, etc.). This is great if you are doing a short-term detox, and yet you also suspect you have a Candida overgrowth.

6) It can be used safely during pregnancy at a time when antibiotics are not recommended. It is safe for toddlers, babies and children.

7) It is good for any time you may have post viral fatigue or your immune system is depressed as it is able to protect cells from invasion, damage, bacteria, viruses or pathogens.

8) During a detox it is excellent as it increases the body’s overall ability to eliminate bacteria, infected and damaged cells, toxins and other harmful chemicals.

9) Excellent as a quick aid for food poisoning as it reduces severity and relieves symptoms.

10) Excellent for preventing ‘aging’ of the immune system

Most people understand the benefits of echinacea for almost any condition where the immune system is needed to aid recovery, so the above is a very small cross section. It can also be used anywhere the skin is pierced or injured, for example, small cuts, infected wounds, etc.

Echinacea energy benefits

Good quality echinacea has the ability to stimulate the production of large amounts of saliva. This alleviates fear and brings a sense of well-being and peace. Excellent during or after a detox as it helps calm the mind and provides a feeling of relaxation and renewal.

Keep in mind that the root is the best part to use and should ideally be listed in the ingredients. Echinacea can be used safely along with antibiotics, prescription drugs, and the birth control pill.

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