ech·​i·​na·​cea | \ ˌe-ki-ˈnā-sē-ə How to pronounce echinacea (audio) , -sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce echinacea (audio) \

Definition of echinacea

: the dried rhizome, roots, or other parts of any of three purple coneflowers that are used primarily in dietary supplements and herbal remedies for the stimulating effect they are held to have on the immune system also : any of these herbs

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Its proper name is echinacea, which is often sold in dietary supplements to ease common cold symptoms. Cindy Dampier,, "Cannabis isn’t the only game in town — medicinal plants that cure headaches and fight cancer can be found in Chicago’s oldest medicinal garden," 25 July 2019 Also known as echinacea purpurea, the attractive flower can be a real boon to ward off undesirable visitors. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "This Gorgeous Purple Flower Can Help Ward Off Unwanted Pests," 24 June 2019 Recently a reader sent me pictures of his echinacea leaves with big chunks taken out of them. Sally Mccabe,, "June 7-13: In the garden, it’s time to...," 6 June 2019 One Swiss study found that using sage with other herbs like echinacea can help relieve throat irritation. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "11 Best Foods For Your Immune System," 19 June 2018 Purple Coneflower Purple coneflower, also known as echinacea, produces clumps of sturdy stems topped with large, rosy pink, daisy-like flowers that have raised, orange-brown centers. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Herbs That Blossom Into Stunning Flowers," 20 May 2016 Wiley makes her own essential oils from mint and echinacea. Andrew Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rodney Spencer and the struggles and rewards of a West Oakland urban farm," 27 Apr. 2018 Medium-height plants may include calendulas, peonies, gladiolus, lilies, standing cypress, echinacea, daisies, gaillardia, Swiss chard, zinnias or any annual or perennial that loves full sun exposure. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cottage gardens can include edibles as well as ornamentals | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 For cancer patients, chemotherapy drugs have been shown to interact with herbal supplements including ginseng, echinacea and chokeberry juice. Amanda Macmillan, Time, "Herbal Supplements May Be Dangerous When You Take Certain Prescription Drugs," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of echinacea

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for echinacea

New Latin, genus name, from echin- + -acea (feminine of -aceus -aceous)

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ech·​i·​na·​cea | \ ˌek-i-ˈnā-sē-ə, -sh(ē-)ə How to pronounce echinacea (audio) \

Medical Definition of echinacea

: the dried rhizome, roots, or other part of any of three composite herbs (Echinacea angustifolia, E. pallida, and E. purpurea) that were formerly listed in the United States Pharmacopeia, that are now used primarily in dietary supplements and herbal remedies, and that are held to stimulate the immune system also : any of these herbs — see purple coneflower

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