Classified as an herb, this plant contains healing properties in the leaves, flowers and roots! Talk about an all purpose plant! With several different species, echinacea is most commonly used to fight colds and infections, especially lung infections. Some use it as a preventative measure to ward off a threatening cold and some use it after cold symptoms have begun. Either way, this is a powerful herb!
Only buy from trusted vendors. There have been some instances of echinacea being contaminated with selenium, arsenic and lead. Look for organic products in the form of teas, tablets and juice. Teas will keep for several months.