Jul. 26, 2020

Purple Coneflower - Echinacea

Did you know?...that one of my top garden flowers for years was the lovely echinacea/purple coneflower. Many of you have it in your gardens. It always surprises me when I share that it makes a great flower tea for the cold and flu season that the person didn't know about any of the benefits. In the early days of learning herbs it was one of the first herbs that I learned to use and very gratifying to pull out the dusty pink petals and leaves and brew healthy tea to shorten the duration of a cold or flu.

In those days it was hard to find information and confirmation that I could use the flower heads and leaves. Now with the internet you can find so much information.

However, I am here as a reminder or to share new information with you.

In today's picture I have taken dried and fresh echinacea flowers and leaves and have put them in my loosely packed jar and filled it with 100 proof vodka.

I shall leave it for 6-8 weeks and it should be done just in time for the cold and flu season.

You can infuse the echinacea in vinegar and honey to make an oxymel if you don't want to use alcohol. It's easy to do and many of you have this lovely flowering herb in your garden.

For an infusion or tea, you can use fresh or dried flowers to make tea. Cut the stems in about 8-12 inch lengths and bundle 6-10 stems together with a string or rubber band and hang upside down to dry. After dried, separate from the stem and put in a ziplock or mason jar for future use. I use approximately a few tablespoons of herb or a large flower head and a few leaves for a cup of tea or two, steeping for 15 minutes.

Please share with me if you already do this and what experiences you've had or how you use it. I would love to hear if you are going to try it for the first time. It's a great time to learn a few basics on how to give your body an immune system boost.

Be well, my friends, much love, jonnie dee #tsht #herbalrealestateagent #jonniedee #wildcrafting #eattheweeds #touchsomeoneshearttoday #harmonyrealtygroup #nwohiorealtor #jonniewagner #herbsweedsandwanderings