The leaves and flowers are used herbally, and this herb has a delightful aroma, which is also a good gauge of freshness. A number of constituents in the plant stimulate the immune system to counter bacterial and viral infections. One of these constituents inhibits the ability of viruses to enter and take over cells while another constituent has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Very useful in treating viral infections present and also post, eg Ross River Fever. Colds, flu, respiratory and skin conditions all benefit from echinacea.
NOTE: Feed only in three week intervals over a 12 week period. Giving a two week break will help ensure the body does not build a resistance to Echinacea.