Echinacea: Origin, Properties and Health Benefits



Immunomodulatory, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant, antimicrobial.


Do not use during pregnancy and lactation

Part used:
Whole plant leaves, flowers, roots


The root is harvested in autumn
The leaves and flowers are collected when the plant is in full flowering


Glycoside, phenolic compounds, echinacea, polysaccharides, glycoproteins, caffeic acid derivatives (cichoric acid), alkaloids

Immune 100%
Respiratory 90%
Respiratory 60%

Family: Asteraceae

Botanical name: Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida

It is also found as: No other names have been reported

On echinacea, which you will also find as echinacea, we can classify it as one of the wonders of nature.
It is a flowering plant, which has stood as an ally for many years in human health.
The name of the echinacea comes from the ancient Greek word "echinos", which means hedgehog.
It seems to owe its name to its spiny "head", which reminds one of this animal.
Impressively, all parts of the echinacea, from petals to roots, are made up of nutrients.
It can be consumed in a beverage or found in a variety of dietary supplements.
The main property of echinacea is its contribution to the treatment of the common cold.
It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant & tonic action. Thus, the echinacea is extremely beneficial for the treatment of respiratory infections, skin diseases and for the relief of bites and stings.
History It seems that echinacea was first used by the Indians to treat wounds and infections, especially those caused by a snake bite. It has even been observed, that it has been used from very old times to boost the body's immunity, especially against cold & flu.
Echinacea played a leading role in the treatment of various conditions until the emergence of antibiotics. Echinacea has become one of the most popular natural "remedies" for coughs & other cold symptoms and is therefore included in most formulations that target them.
Benefits As mentioned above, echinacea is an herb that carries valuable nutrients. This means that it benefits the body in a variety of ways and below we will make an attempt to list all its benefits. Immune & upper respiratory system
It is now proven that echinacea naturally stimulates the immune system. At the same time, it actively contributes to the health of the above respiratory system of both adults and children.
This is because echinacea seems to enhance cell growth. Properties Echinacea has a variety of beneficial properties. Some of them are antioxidant activity, due to its vitamin C content, flavonoids, zinc & selenium.
Other experiments have shown that echinacea has anti-aging properties. Echinacea & oral hygiene Echinacea has a positive effect on bad breath. This seems to be due to its ability to "kill" bacteria and other microorganisms responsible for bad breath. Echinacea & Skin Echinacea has the unique property of relieving the skin from redness and swelling.
So if your skin is red or swollen in any area, choose a product based on echinacea essential oil. Echinacea & Oxygen Echinacea appears to help increase erythropoietin production. This results in increased red blood cell production and thus better oxygen circulation in the body.
  1. Origin of the Name: The name "echinacea" comes from the ancient Greek word "echinos," meaning hedgehog, and refers to the plant's spiny "head" that resembles the animal.

  2. Composition and Uses: All parts of the echinacea, from the petals to the roots, contain nutrients. It can be consumed in a beverage or used in food supplements.

  3. Properties: Echinacea has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. It also has tonic properties.

  4. History: The Indians seem to have been the first to use echinacea to treat wounds and infections. Its use is supported by history for relief from snake bites.

  5. Benefits:

    • Strengthening the immune system and respiratory health.
    • Antioxidant action due to its content of vitamin C, flavonoids, zinc and selenium.
    • Positive effect on oral hygiene and relief from redness and swelling of the skin.
    • Increase erythropoietin production, helping in better oxygen circulation.

Overall, echinacea appears to offer a wealth of health benefits, particularly in the area of the immune system and the treatment of respiratory problems.


The social cooperative enterprise of Epirus producers "ICHOR" is based in Ioannina and deals with the production of aromatic and medicinal plants as well as other local products of Epirus.

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