echinacea

noun
ech·i·na·cea | \ ˌe-ki-ˈnā-sē-ə , -sh(ē-)ə \

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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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 Classic Cure An immunity greatest hits, these herbal pouches pack in echinacea, elderberries, ginger, and peppermint for a warm fuzzy feeling inside and out. Allison Young, Sunset, "10 Wellness Teas & Tonics to Give Your Immunity a Boost," 22 Jan. 2018 Photos of the piece survive on social media, of course, as most things now do — a cascade of orchids and echinacea, nature sculpted into a gloriously unnatural state — but even the images are haunted by the specter of wilt; it’s built in. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "Guerrilla Flower Installations That Don’t Last Long at All," 5 Oct. 2017 Photos of the piece survive on social media, of course, as most things now do — a cascade of orchids and echinacea, nature sculpted into a gloriously unnatural state — but even the images are haunted by the specter of wilt Nancy Hass, New York Times, "Guerrilla Flower Installations That Don’t Last Long at All," 5 Oct. 2017

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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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echinacea

noun
ech·i·na·cea | \ ˌek-i-ˈnā-sē-ə, -sh(ē-)ə \

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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