Tom Greenthumb Gardening

Monday, March 13, 2006

Echinacea: Herb of the Week

My herb for the week is echinacea. You've probably heard of it. This perennial is an herb that has been used by many people to treat or prevent colds. A stronger immune system is believed to be the benefit of echinacea. It's also been known for its use on acne or other maladies of the skin. It can be used in its dry form or as a liquid. A person might add it to their tea.

Personally, I have grown echinacea root for its vibrant, purple color. Blooming time is generally between the months of June and October, and full-grown plants average around three feet in size. If you're looking to add some color to your herb garden, I'd definitely suggest this beauty. You may even reap the benefits of better health by using it in a few of the ways suggested above. Though, always remember to consult your doctor before adding anything supplemental to your diet, and watch for allergies.


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