Echinacea purpurea

History & Origin

This tall, sturdy, purple daisy-like plant has been traditionally used in North American by the Indigenous people for centuries.  It was used for wounds, infections, and snake bites, among other things. 

Echinacea continued to be used for infections by European settlers in North America until the arrival of antibiotics in the 1940s.

What is it used for?


Echinacea supports the activity of the immune system and the body’s defences.

It contains a wide variety of plant chemicals which have been shown to provide a natural immunity boost against ills and chills. It provides immune support for kids as well as adults. 

It supports the health of the respiratory tract in both adults and children, having shown to both reduce the risk of developing the common cold, and also the duration of illness.


Caution if you have an allergy to members of the Daisy (Asteraceae) family.

Our formula

The quality of your plants matter. High quality plants = better effect in the body. 

Several different species of Echinacea are used medicinally, including Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida.  

You can also find a variety of preparations of Echinacea – sometimes just the roots are used, sometimes just the aerial parts (leaves and flowers).  Sometimes it is dried and sometimes it is used fresh. Sometimes it is made into tea, sometimes it is made into juice, sometimes it is made into a tincture (alcoholic extract). 

At artemis we use a fresh alcoholic extract of the whole plant of Echinacea purpurea because this particular species and method has both traditional and scientific evidence to back up its effectiveness as a natural immune support.

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