The Magic of Echinacea
It’s no secret that the Native Americans had a strong, powerful understanding of the natural world. They taught early settlers, illiterate of the wonders and magic they had happened upon in this brave new world, how to make use of Mother Nature’s wonderful bounty to survive and thrive. And in the treasure trove of tried and true herbal knowledge that was gifted to these settlers, Echinacea was a magnificent jewel.
In the Native American world, Echinacea was a miracle flower. It was used to withstand intense heat; medicine men would coat their mouth with macerated Echinacea root and hold hot coals in their mouth as a magical and compelling display. It was strewn across hot coals to add to the steam in sweatlodges for a similar aim — to withstand the heat.
Echinacea is a powerful healer and a virtual cure-all. It currently enjoys ubiquitous prominence all over the world for its myriad of healing abilities, but in its past there has been a quiet tug-of-war between those that wish to laud its healing capabilities, and those who feel its benefit is overstated. However, time is starting to show that yes, Echinacea is truly a miraculous flower, full of promising healing and magical potential.
However, because Echinacea is rife with healing potential and ability, its healing power often overwhelms any discussion of its magical potential. Yes, Echinacea is a powerful healer, but it also holds many benefits for magical workings and spell work. Echinacea petals can help boost clairvoyant and psychic abilities; its seeds can be used in fertility and abundance spells, and its root provides protective power.
Nine Magical Ways to Use Echinacea
- Grow Echinacea within and around the home to draw prosperity to the household and prevent financial hardship.
- Incorporate Echinacea in your spellwork to amplify magical energies and add it to charms and sachets to make them more potent.
- Take a spiritual cleansing bath infused with Echinacea petals and root.
- Drink Echinacea tea to encourage psychic insight and amplify clairvoyant abilities.
- Echinacea seeds can be incorporated in fertility and abundance spells.
- Echinacea root and petals can be used in a satchet and carried to draw energies of strength and stamina, and to be carried as a protective ward.
- Dress an orange or red candle with cinnamon oil (make sure the cinnamon oil is diluted with a carrier oil so as not to irritate the skin) place Echinacea petals around the base and light the candle for a spell to increase lust and male sexual potency.
- Keep Echinacea petals around your altar or sacred space to increase magical and psychic energies.
- Echinacea petals and root can be burned in cleansing and purification rituals.
The Healing Power of Echinacea*
- Echinacea is a powerful immune booster, and can provide the body with extra defenses against seasonal illnesses all year long.
- Echinacea, in combination with other herbs such as sage and lavender, can help kill the germs associated with bad breath.
- Echinacea can help hydrate the skin, reduce the occurrence of unsightly blemishes and help prevent wrinkles.
- The Native Americans traditionally used Echinacea to relieve aches and pains, and it is believed that echinacea can help relieve the physical discomforts that usually follow surgery.
- Echinacea is an excellent remedy when it comes to upper respiratory health in both children and adults.
- Echinacea is full of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium.
- Drinking echinacea tea has been shown to lower the duration of a cold by about one day, and drinking echinacea tea before the onset of cold and flu season can help act as a preventative from getting ill.
- Echinacea tea can help treat laryngitis and lessen its duration.
- When dealing with an ear infection, drink echinacea tea, as it can help fight off the bacteria and viruses that contribute to ear infections.
- Cool echinacea tea can be used as a facial toner and to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Interesting Facts About Echinacea
- Native Americans used Echinacea to treat snake bites.
- Echinacea is part of the daisy family, and can be found primarily in Eastern and Central North America.
- The name Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos, which describes a sea urchin or hedgehog, which are similar in appearance to Echinacea’s spiked seed head.
- The Plains Native Americans used echinacea more than any other herb. They would smoke the plant and use it to make themselves resistant to heat.
- Early settlers would mix echinacea into horse or cow feed to help improve the animal’s health and apetite if it was having a hard time eating.
- Research is showing that the best way to activate the healing power of echinacea is by sucking on the root. The mouth provides saliva and other disease fighting mechanisms that can help potentiate its power.
- Various Native American tribes such as the Sioux and the Dakotas used Echinacea as a remedy for hydrophobia.
- The Omaha Native American tribe would coat their hands in macerated echinacea root so that the could pull meat out of boiling pots without being affected by the heat.
- The Kiowa Native American tribe used echinacea’s seed head as a comb and brush.
- Coneflowers like echinacea suppress the growth of competing plants by using hormones in a process called allelopathy.
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