Look at this cutie! Over the weekend, Josh harvested a few seedy pods from our thriving and rescued Echinacea plant. This is the center of the flower, looking like a hedgehog dragon fruit ball of wonder. They have been sitting in a wooden bowl on our altar, marinating and drying out for future use. Josh has been really curious about the medicial properities of the plant, so I dug out a few of our reading materials to revisit the sacred knowledge of this plant. Lo and behold, the first book he selected, the first page he opened to, was about the Echinacea sitting right next to us! We’re ready to learn.
Commonly known as a CONE FLOWER (our pupper’s name is Pinecone, so we are all ears!) Here’s a little excerpt of what we learned about Echinacea from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide (if you want to read more about our favorite aromatherapy texts, click here):
This is one of the most popular herbs of all time, and for good reason! Amazing for our immune system fighting off disease and infection, this friend is one of the most effective herbs in Western medicine.
Lovely and easy to grow, this hearty plant is drought tolerant and will adapt to survive accordingly. Overwatered? No problem! She will likely live. You can use all parts of the plant- root, seed, flower and leaf. Apparently, some people have an allergic reaction to echinacea- this contraindication essentially asks you to discontinue use if you are itchy, and you will know right away! I’m an allergy kid myself, so this is worth noting.
Incredibly effective and with no known side effects, this tenacious plant is often used as a throat spray for sore throats. This is where I personally have heard of the plant!
Botanical E. purpurea/E. angustifolia (E. shorthand for botanical names)
“Avoid wild-harvested echinacea unless you know and trust your source to be a responsible and ethical stewardess of wild population. Because of the huge demand over the past 40 years, corresponding to growing concerns of immune issues worldwide, echinacea is being poached unmercifully from its wild habitats. Several species are already at risk and endangered.” (p. 129-131) Do your hOMework!
Here at Corder Collective, we currently own 2 mixed Echinacea pots, filled with a few different species! There are 10 total species, according to Wikipedia. We are excited to collect more and use this tool if we ever have a sore throat 😉 and will be sure to report back.
Pretty flowers and NAMASTE