Echinacea is an herb that has long been used for its healing properties. 

Echinacea is one of the super herbs of cold and flu season. Echinacea tea activates T-cell renewal and helps with the production of antibodies and interferon, known for blocking viral infections.

Studies show that drinking echinacea tea can shorten the duration of a normal cold by 1-2 days on average. The moment you feel a cold or flu approaching, have a cup of tea and continue to enjoy a cup daily until the symptoms subside. For even greater preventative benefits, start drinking a cup of tea daily before cold season hits. 

If you have come down with a bronchial infection or laryngitis, try a few cups of echinacea tea daily to alleviate symptoms and speed recovery. Echinacea tea will also help reduce inflammation and fight bacteria. Increase the therapeutic value of your tea by adding some cinnamon and ginger. Your voice will be strengthened in no time! Try steeping your echinacea tea for about 5 minutes and then add some ginger root and cinnamon. Allow the tea to cool and pour into a spray bottle. Shake and spray the tea into your mouth for relief when needed.

Another less common use for echinacea tea is a cure for ear infections! An inner ear infection is often the result of bacteria or a virus. If you have a cold or allergies, you are more likely to develop an inner ear infection. According to New York University Langone Medical Center, echinacea may be a useful remedy for an inner ear infection. Take 2 grams of dried herb in the form of tea three times daily for up to ten days to speed healing of ear infections.

Back to the Basics carries several types of Echinacea tea in both bulk and tea bag form. We also carry several echinacea supplements to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Call us or stop in today to get stocked up for winter!