Echinacea is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Echinacea can be broken down into three different species: Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea pallida, and Echinacea angustifolia. Each variety is used to boost the immune system and ward off infections. Both Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallida have been studied and proven effective against broncitis, coughs, cold, flu, fever, infections, and sore throat. Echinacea has been used in a variety of traditional medicines from folk medicine to the North American Indian tribes. Echinacea has a mildly sweet yet bitter taste.
Goldenseal, or scientifically Hydrastis canadensis, is a perennial plant with small flowers and an inedible fruit. The root and underground stem are the only parts used medicinally. Goldenseal has antibiotic properties. Goldenseal is cultivated in the Pacific Northwest. It has a bitter taste and unpleasant odor.
These two herbs are commonly combined.
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