Natural antibiotics - Echinacea

Echinacea for a variety of ailments including Colds and Flu

" How to tell the difference between colds and flu: if there is a £50 note in the middle of a field and you can reach it, you haven't got flu" Diana Wainman

Have you found a favourite herbal remedy for any ailment which you could not live without? There are many natural remedies on the market, however I shall only discuss those which are my preferences and which I am most familiar with.
Echinacea is a herb that I always have in my cupboard, because it can deal with so many different illness conditions.


There are two types of Echinacea based on the  variety of the plant: Purpurea and Augustifolia.  Purpurea seems to be predominantly sold and used more in UK and Europe, similarly Augustifolia  is more popular on the same basis in North America. I have tried both types  and both are equally beneficial. This herb has been used for centuries, by many cultures including the Red Indian tribes.

How it works

Echinacea is an effective agent because it works by increasing the white 'fighter' blood cells in the body, thereby having a more powerful effect on healing the body. It is totally safe, even for children and has no side-effects. Echinacea does not inhibit the natural healing process in the body. Unfortunately, medical doctors do not recommend this remedy as it is not recognised in their training or by pharmaceutical companies; it cannot be 'patented' hence there is no profit to be made.

Understand how to use it

I have heard fatigue sufferers say, that taking Echinacea "did nothing for them". It would not. There is a need to understand how it works, on what it works, the effective dosages and combination with the correct dosage of vitamin C. Using it appropriately, it cannot fail to speed up healing infections. It will not be effective overall for ME / CFS otherwise because of the nature of the fatigue illnesses - very basically a combination of hormonal imbalances plus overload of various toxins and pollutants, as a rule. However I find it excellent for Candida (a bowel fungus - but can spread to the brain) overload. My head clears quite quickly with this when I have slipped up, and eaten forbidden Candida foods - this is usually while travelling.

Some conditions which respond to Echinacea

It is beneficial for a range of conditions - to illustrate the use and power of the herb, here are a small sample of them:                                                                                                      

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  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-fungal
  • Colds
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Bronchitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Candida
  • Urinary tract infections
  • AIDs
  • Given intravenously for Cancer in some countries

If taken for colds and flu it must be taken at the very start of the infection, giving the blood fighter cells time to develop. I take it with 1G doses of vitamin C 3 times a day.

Tablets or liquid?

I can only recommend the drops. I do not find that the capsules work - for me - as well as the liquid. It is best to take it at the very first symptom for the quickest and most effective results. If it is taken with vitamin C - 1g (1000mg) , 3 times a day ( for adults ) - this will also improve the efficiency of the herb. 
I take it 2 hourly initially for the first 4 or 6 doses, then four hourly after that. I experience 'burning up' sensation; the body temperature rising to heal the ailment. I have stopped colds and flu' in their tracks from between 4 to 12 hours from starting the Echinacea drops.

The other natural equivalent 'antibiotic' is Pau d'arco. This herb has different actions, ie acts on other conditions and is more beneficial for virus infections. Both herbs can be taken together at the same time. This may only be necessary for a more complicated illness, such as a viral flu with a bacterial cough.

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