The Health Benefits of Echinacea

Can a tea made from purple cone flowers stave off colds and illnesses?

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By Malia Frey  Medically reviewed by Richard Fogoros, MD Updated on January 21, 2020Print

Echinacea is a popular remedy for colds, flu, and other infections. Some people also believe that echinacea can alleviate pain, prevent cancer, improve mental health, and relieve skin problems. But the scientific community does not agree on the benefits of echinacea tea and some have expressed concerns regarding echinacea side effects.1

Common Known As

  • Echinacea purpurea
  • Echinacea angustifolia 
  • Echinacea pallida

What Is Echinacea Tea?

Echinacea tea is an herbal drink most commonly made from the Echinacea purpurea plant. Other varieties, including E. angustifolia and E. pallida, may also be used as an ingredient in some teas and extracts. Usually, the purple, cone-shaped flower of the plant is dried or cut fresh to make tea, but echinacea roots and leaves may also be used.2

Echinacea is a perennial plant commonly grown in North America and Europe. The species is closely related to sunflowers, daisies, and

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