• Herbs & Ingredients,  Natural Skin Care

    Wear Your Herbs: Echinacea

    Because I’m limited to how many plants I can have in my small space, I look for plants that are multi-talented and can be used in different ways. Echinacea (or Purple Coneflower, currently blooming all over the garden and bringing in hungry goldfinches) is one you probably know as an immune-stimulating medicinal herb, but its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties have an important place in your first-aid kit too. Plants for a Future, a charity researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, lists Echinacea in its database saying the plant has long been used by North American Indians as a universal application to treat the bites and stings of all types of insects. It’s…