The Magic of Echinacea
It’s no secret that the Native Americans had a robust and 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 use Mother Nature’s incredible 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.
The Miracle Flower
In the Native American world, Echinacea was a miracle flower. It was used to withstand intense heat; medicine men would coat their mouths with macerated Echinacea root and hold hot coals in their mouths as a magical and compelling display. It was strewn across hot coals to add to the steam in sweat lodges for a similar aim — to withstand the heat.
Echinacea is a Powerful Healer
Echinacea is a powerful healer and a virtual cure-all. It currently enjoys ubiquitous prominence worldwide for its myriad of healing abilities. Still, 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 genuinely a miraculous flower, a potent healer, and a dynamic conduit of spiritual and psychic energy.
Bathing with Echinacea
You can deploy Echinacea’s intense healing power through teas, supplements, creams, and even mouthwashes, but have you considered an Echinacea bath?
The Benefits of an Echinacea Bath
An Echinacea herbal bath soak is an excellent way to benefit from Echinacea’s intense healing power, not to mention its understated benefits for the skin. You can even combine it with other healing herbs such as eucalyptus if you have a cold or lavender for relaxation.
We primarily use Echinacea to boost the immune system, and an Echinacea bath is a helpful way to transmit that benefit transdermally. Your skin is your largest organ, after all, and can absorb nutrients.
An Antioxidant-Rich Soak
With an Echinacea bath, you’re not only giving your body the immune boost it needs, but Echinacea is also antioxidant-rich, which is excellent for the overall quality of your skin.
How to Make An Echinacea Bath
Making an Echinacea herb bath is incredibly easy. You will need some dried Echinacea root and any other herbs you want to incorporate into your Echinacea bath. Consider herbs like chamomile to relieve pain or linden flowers to help prevent you from getting a cold. Rosemary and rose petals can also be incredibly relaxing, and jasmine can help improve your mood.
Use a Bath Bag or Make An Infusion for Your Echinacea Bath
A bath bag will be handy for your Echinacea and other herbs, as you don’t want to simply put the herbs straight into the bathwater for the risk of clogging your drain. Alternatively, you can use a jar to make an Echinacea herbal infusion that you can simply pour into the bath.
Preparing the Herbs and Echinacea Bath
Try to make sure you have an even proportion of each herb, and you’ll want at least 3-4 ounces of each for your bath. Additionally, ensure your bath water is hot enough to activate the herbs’ healing potential but not so hot as to burn your skin.
Magical Ways to Use Echinacea
Incorporate Echinacea in your spellwork to amplify magical energies and add it to charms and sachets to make them more potent.
Amplifying Psychic Ability with Echinacea
Drink Echinacea tea to encourage psychic insight and amplify clairvoyant abilities. Furthermore, you can keep Echinacea petals around your altar or sacred space to increase magical and psychic energies.
An Echinacea Spell for Sexual Potency
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.
Echinacea Attracts Wealth and Prosperity
Grow Echinacea within and around the home to draw prosperity to the household and prevent financial hardship. Echinacea seeds can be incorporated in fertility and abundance spells.
Protection with Echinacea
Echinacea root and petals can be used in a sachet and carried to draw energies of strength and stamina and to be carried as a protective ward.
Cleansing and Purification with Echinacea
Echinacea petals and roots can be burned in cleansing and purification rituals. Take a spiritual cleansing bath infused with Echinacea petals and roots.
The Healing Power of Echinacea*
Echinacea is full of antioxidants, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and selenium. When dealing with an ear infection, drink echinacea tea, as it can help fight off the bacteria and viruses that contribute to ear infections.
Echinacea for Cold and Flu Relief
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 Benefits
Cool echinacea tea can be used as a facial toner to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Echinacea tea can help treat laryngitis and lessen its duration.
Echinacea Immune Booster
Echinacea is a powerful immune booster and can provide the body with extra defenses against seasonal illnesses all year long.
Echinacea After Surgery
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.
Is Echinacea Good for Respiratory Health?
Echinacea is an excellent remedy when it comes to upper respiratory health in both children and adults.
Echinacea for Bad Breath
Echinacea, in combination with other herbs such as sage and lavender, can help kill the germs associated with bad breath.
Echinacea Benefits for the Skin
Echinacea can help hydrate the skin, reduce the occurrence of unsightly blemishes and help prevent 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 is 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 appetite if it had difficulty eating.
- Research shows 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 to help potentiate its power.
- Native American tribes such as the Sioux and the Dakotas used Echinacea to remedy hydrophobia.
- The Omaha Native American tribe would coat their hands in macerated echinacea root so that they could pull the 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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