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Echinacea - seed heads

Echinacea - seed heads

Who's been nibbling on my house? Echinacea or Purple Coneflower seed heads provide a reliable food source for Goldfinches and other wildlife or new plants in the Spring. The canes provide winter interest and look very nice swaying in the wind. Everybody wins!

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A useful plant , Bathgate .
Good for chest ailments , too , I believe .

13 Jan, 2014


Yes Driad, it certainly is. According to my research, this plant is an immune system booster and a tried and true remedy for the common cold - makes a nice tea.

13 Jan, 2014


Is that the leaves or the dried plant , Bathgate ?
I've stopped at green tea , really .

14 Jan, 2014


All parts of the plant can and are used. It bolsters your immune system. That's why it works. For the best tea, select stems with the freshest flowers, use the newest leaves (top most leaves on the stem). The leaves must be dried.

Here's a basic recipe using dried plant parts:

Echinacea Tea
1 part echinacea parts, leaves, flowers, roots
1/4 part lemon grass
1/4 part spearmint leaves (or to taste)
Stevia leaves to taste

Mix and brew at the first sign of cold or flu. Based on the Traditional Medicinal recipe.

You can add a little fennel if you like. Give it a try. It's great!

15 Jan, 2014


Hi , Bathgate , I've added that to my faves so that when I feel the need , it will be here .
Where can I get , (and what is) Stevia though ?
Has the weather eased some for you good people in New York ?

17 Jan, 2014


Hi Driad. Stevia is an herb and used as a natural sweetener. You can generally find it in most health food stores or even at the grocery. It's easy to grow in your garden as well. You can also substitute with honey.

17 Jan, 2014


I'll try and grow some , for interests sake this year , I love something new .

17 Jan, 2014

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