Echinacea Herb Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Echinacea Tea first became popular through its consumption among many Native American tribes for its incredible health promoting properties. Little has changed since then, and today, modern research has since been able to prove its use for a number of ailments prevalent in western society. Echinacea Herb Tea captures all of these amazing health benefits in a delicious and convenient herbal-tea-form. It is one of our most popular herbal teas, and is noted for its smooth, herbaceous flavours and mesmerising aromas.
Echinacea is a perennial, herbaceous, flowering plant originally native to the midwestern region of North America. It can only be found growing wild in these areas, although it is now also cultivated in much of the United States, Canada (notably the province of Saskatchewan) and Europe. Known by many names, including ‘Purple Coneflower’, ‘Sampson Root’, ‘Snakeroot’, ‘Scurvy Root’, ‘Indian Head’, and even ‘Hedgehog’.
The Echinacea plant actually belongs to the daisy (Asteraceae) family! It can grow up to twenty inches (50 centimetres) in height, and produces large, beautiful, purple flowers, and a sizable central ‘cone’ hence the name, ‘Purple Coneflower’. The cone, in particular, is actually a seed head with sharp spines. It’s generic name, Echinacea, is rooted in the Greek word, echinos, which means ‘hedgehog’, thus accounting for another one of its fascinating nicknames. There are a total of nine different species of the Echinacea plant; four of which can be used for their medicinal purposes. This herbal tisane uses the Echinacea Angustifolia variant, which literally means “narrow-leaved”.
Evidence suggests that Native Americans have been using the echinacea herb for more than 400 years to treat almost anything from wounds and infections, to blood poisoning and even snake bites. Various parts of the echinacea plant were used in these herbal remedies, and were also consumed in many different ways by many different tribes.
The famous Sioux and Dakota Indians used the echinacea Root as a poultice to treat hydrophobia caused by rabid animal bites. The Blackfoot instead chewed the root to alleviate toothache. The Cheyenne and Comanche, meanwhile, consumed echinacea tea for sore mouths and sore throats. During the early 17th Century, as many European nations began to colonise the Americas, settlers living in the New World soon discovered echinacea incredible healing ability from observing its consumption among these many indigenous populations.
This astonishingly turbulent period in America’s history saw many Europeans die of disease. However, echinacea was often the answer to many of these ailments. Decoctions made from echinacea were often used as a remedy for colds and influenza, and over the course of time, and as North American settlements grew, this herb began to greatly increase in popularity.
Echinacea consumption witnessed a slight decline in the 1930’s following the discovery of antibiotics. Yet, in the last 50 years alone, a massive resurgence has taken place as more is understood about how this seemingly insignificant herb can potentially improve our everyday way of life.
Today, herbalists will often recommend Echinacea Herb Tea to combat the symptoms of cold and flu. However, this is just the beginning! It has since been extensively researched particularly in German scientific institutes and has, once again, greatly increased in popularity. To find out more information on how this herbal tisane can help you through your day, please see our Health Benefits section below!
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: This beverage is best served as it is, although lemon or honey may be considered as optional extras.
Tasting Notes: This delicious and easy-drinking beverage consists of subtle, floral flavours and sweet undertones. A delicately minty aftertaste soon follows, leaving your palate satisfyingly refreshed for some time after.
Colour in Cup: Golden-yellow liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Echinacea Tea: No longer is this tea merely just a topic of age-old folklore. The health benefits of this wonder-brew have since been proven. Most famously associated with the improvement of the immune system, Echinacea Herb Tea is now recognised by a vast number of scientific institutes as having the capability of warding off colds and flu.
One study of 95 test subjects with early symptoms of these minor illnesses, symptoms such as sore throats, mild fever, and ‘runny’ noses, discovered that those who drank several cups of Echinacea Herb Tea every day for 5 days felt better sooner than those who drank regular cups of tea.
Further to this, a meta-analysis of 14 clinical trials found that frequent echinacea consumption reduced the odds of developing a cold by up to 58%, as well as the duration of a cold by 1 to 4 days. Yet there is still more to this herbal tea! Echinacea Herb Tea is rich in many different active and extraordinarily beneficial chemicals, including a variety of phenolic compounds like cichoric acid, caftaric acid, echinacoside, and many other polysaccharides and alkylamides.
These elements combined, along with many other components, enable Echinacea to provide anti-inflammatory properties and even improve skin care and oral health. If this wasn’t enough, this herbal tea is also completely caffeine-free, making it a great choice if you are looking to cut down on your caffeine intake!
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin