Echinacea is extracted from a plant known as the 'purple cornflower', which belongs to the daisy family and grows primarily in the central and eastern regions of the United States of America.
Echinacea has been used medicinally by North Americans for hundreds of years and various studies suggest it can reduce the number and severity of colds by boosting the body’s Immune System, when taken three times daily for four months.
Echinacea can only be taken by children over the age of twelve years.
It seems that echinacea boosts the immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells, which fight infections.
Many people take echinacea pills at the first sign of a cold, in the hope that it will prevent a cold from further developing.
Echinacea for children under the age of 12 is not recommended. Any individual with an autoimmune disease or HIV & AIDS should also avoid the use of an echinacea supplement.