Echinacea & Yarrow Tincture (2oz dropper bottle)
Ingredients: echinacea root, yarrow, plant glycerin and water (alcohol-free)
Echinacea and yarrow are both medicinal plants that have traditionally been used by the Lakota, and many other Indigenous tribes, to heal a wide variety of illnesses. Use this tincture for a powerful immune system boost while sick with colds, flus, and respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.
Dosage: For adults, take 1-2 dropperfuls once daily, for children one year or older take 1/2 a dropperful once daily. This tincture can be taken straight from the bottle, or mixed in with juice, tea, or smoothies!
Storage: Tinctures have a shelf life of 1 year IF properly stored. Proper storage is to keep the tincture in a cool, dry place away from sunlight (medicine cabinet, pantry, etc) and make sure the bottle is tightly sealed after opening. After opening, the tincture should be refrigerated within 1 month, or unopened within 1-2 months to prevent molding.
Medicinal benefits of echinacea root: Echinacea is the plant species most often used as a natural remedy for colds and flus. There are 9 distinct species of this plant, though only Echinacea purpurea is considered a remedy. A couple of the other species are considered endangered, so it is important not to harvest this plant without being certain of which species is being harvested.
The flowers, leaves and roots of this plant can all be used differently in natural remedies. In general, the leaves and flowers are the parts traditionally used in remedies, however the root is known for it's immune system boosting properties, specifically aiding in respiratory system function.
The proven actions of Echinacea are due to water-soluble polysaccharides. They act by sequestering the attacks of various microbes and allow the body to heal itself. Upon reaching an infected area, the polysaccharides have an immuno-stimulant effect, which results in the production of leucocytes (white blood cells). The resulting phagocytic action of the leucocytes effectively eradicates a number of infectious organisms.
Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections. The people who use echinacea to treat symptoms have the right idea. Research to date shows that echinacea probably modestly reduces cold symptoms, but it’s not clear whether it helps prevent colds from developing.
It is also used against many other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.
Medicinal benefits of yarrow: Yarrow has traditionally been used as a tonic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, and emmenagogic agent (stimulating blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus). It has been used for the treatment of hemorrhage, pneumonia, rheumatic pain, and wound healing in traditional Persian literature.
The modern medicinal uses for yarrow have even included treatments for malaria, hepatitis, jaundice, liver disorders, and it is known as a hepatoprotective herb (meaning, it protects the liver).
We’ve even seen yarrow used in the prevention and treatment of influenza, though there aren’t really any studies about the herb and the specific treatment of influenza.
When taken at the onset of influenza symptoms, it can greatly help ease the symptoms of influenza since it is a natural anti-catarrhal (removes excess mucous from the body) and natural fever reducer (through perspiration).
Because Yarrow is a bitter herb, it has flavonoids, which are plant-based chemicals that increase saliva and stomach acid to help improve digestion.
Yarrow can be used as a mild sedative to reduce anxiety and promote sleep.