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How to make an Echinacea decoction

If there is a popular plant recognized for its beneficial action when it comes to  strengthening our immune system and increasing our defenses in a total and completely natural way, Echinacea undoubtedly has a tremendously prominent place. Mainly for its antiviral and antibacterial action and for its effect as a reinforce of our immune system. What’s more, it acts as a natural stimulant for our body, helping us not only to increase resistance to infections but is also useful to fight them.

Hence, for a long time it has become one of the best natural remedies to help our body defend itself against infections (whether or not they are recurrent), not only viral but also bacterial.

These qualities are due to the presence of polysaccharides that protect the cells of our body from viral attacks, in addition to containing other substances and elements with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal action. Among other aspects, Echinacea is capable of increasing the number of white blood cells and promoting the synthesis of interferon, a molecule that is essential in the immunity process of our body.

But its benefits do not end here, since it is an extremely versatile plant that can be combined with other plants and herbs in order to reinforce its medicinal benefits. For example, combined with other plants such as bearberry or yarrow, it becomes a tremendously powerful traditional remedy when it comes to treating cystitis.

When it comes to enjoying the different benefits that Echinacea brings us, there are different options. For example, we can choose tinctures, capsules or pills. However, an effective and very simple traditional remedy to apply is to make a decoction of Echinacea at home, which offers the possibility of obtaining the vast majority of its beneficial substances and compounds in a hot cup ideal for the colder months of the year. How? We explain it to you below.

How to prepare the decoction of Echinacea to enjoy its properties:

Making the decoction of Echinacea to take advantage of its different medicinal benefits is very simple. You only need the ingredients that we indicate below, and also follow the steps that we propose:

  • Ingredients you need: 2 teaspoons of Echinacea root and 1 cup of water.
  • Preparation: put the water in a saucepan or casserole, add the Echinacea root in the amount indicated and bring to a boil, simmering for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally strain and serve.
  • How many cups to drink per day: You can take this decoction three times a day (that is, three cups each day) until the symptoms decrease and improve.

Echinacea decoction is a useful natural option when preparing it at home and enjoying its different benefits and properties. However, it is also possible to enjoy its qualities from tinctures, capsules or pills with extracts, which you can easily find in herbalists and specialized stores.

Contraindications to consider before taking this decoction

Although generally the decoction of Echinacea can be used and consumed without any risk, it is necessary and necessary to attend to its main contraindications, especially to know whether or not we can take it:

  • Allergies: its consumption is not recommended in people allergic to plants of the Composite family, such as marigolds or daisies.
  • Autoimmune diseases: since it can increase immunity, its consumption is not recommended in case of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or multiple sclerosis.
  • Some types of cancer: the consumption of this decoction is not recommended in case of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. It is believed that it can favor certain types of cancer cells characteristic of these diseases, increasing their development.
  • Consumption of certain medications: their consumption is not recommended when, in turn, a treatment based on immunosuppressive medications is being followed.


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