After stumbling across a gorgeous photo of a field of echinacea, I found myself intrigued about this gorgeous little flower and its health benefits. Echinacea contains many vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B-complex and E along with magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and sodium. Just a few benefits of echinacea include:
- Immune system booster
- Cancer prevention
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves skin conditions
I am familiar with echinacea in capsule form however I have never experimented with making or drinking the tea. With winter here and the weather cooling, I feel like there is no better time to start making and drinking this warm, healing herbal tea. So here it is...
How to make the perfect cup of Echinacea Tea
1 part dried organic echinacea ( I brought mine from the local health food store)
1/4 part fresh mint leaves
1/4 part grated ginger
Mix one part echinacea including leaves, flowers and roots with ¼ part mint leaves and ¼ grated ginger in to a tea pot. Pour boiling water over the mix and let it steep for five minutes. Strain and add raw honey to taste and a few extra mint leaves for garnish.
The taste is very smooth and delicious, it's something I could definitely bring into my daily routine. My daughter Layla (8yrs old) thought it tasted amazing and actually asked if she could take it in her school lunch!
Echinacea is clearly a potent therapeutic herb that has numerous health benefits. However, people with compromised immune systems such as HIV, AIDs, multiple sclerosis or tuberculosis should not use the herb without supervision from a health professional.
If you are allergic to plants in the Asteraceae family such as daisy, sunflower, ragweed and chrysanthemum, you may also be allergic to echinacea.