Thursday, February 18, 2010

E is for Echinacea





Good Afternoon Mrs. Matlock...I am here for class on time and I managed to save my homework from the dog..Actually, he did Eat it,(Epicurean that he is) but I gave him an Emetic and he barfed it up in an Emesis pan, so Excuse the appearance of my Essay...I wanted to bring you an apple, but all I had was an Eggplant so here it is....

E is for Echinacea

Echinacea or the Purple Coneflower is a beautiful Perennial and it has herbal benefits too...It has been used for centuries to build up the immune system...It originally came from Great Britain and then was brought here...I love how the petals droop down away from the "cone"..They are super easy to grow...they have a slightly sweet taste and will leave a little tingle on your tongue....

You can buy it as an herbal supplement or as a tincture and take it during flu season.....Spring is coming and I am starting to think of flowers in the garden...I am also thinking about Echinacea because when we got home from Hawaii late night before last, Everyone is sick and I mean Everyone....Olivia is at a new school, and with the new school, comes new germs and boy are the bugs out in force in this house...So grow some Enchanting Echinacea plants, and drink your Elixir and we all will be healthy with beautiful flowers too....

23 comments:

Viki said...

I've heard a lot about this stuff. I guess I have to get some and try it out.

Pat said...

Hope everyone feels better soon.

Linda said...

Wow. I knew that Echinacea was good if you were sick and needed to boost up your immune system but I didn't know it came from the Coneflower. I love Coneflowers. I had one once but perennials don't do well in my garden..I think it's too soggy with not enough sun. Thanks for the mini-lesson.
Linda

Jody said...

Loved your essay!!

Jo said...

loved the topic, you gotta love a good flower that takes of care of you!!!

Tamerie Shriver said...

It sure is a pretty flower. I've never actually taken it. If I ever get sick again (not planning on it!) I'll be sure to get some and try it. I do hope everyone gets better soon.

Hugs,
Tamerie

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Loved the essay. I have echinacea in pill form and in tea. I use it at the at the first symptoms of a cold. I have been told that by then it is too late. But the tea does help to soothe my throat. Who knows?!!! LOL! Anyway, hope everyone recovers quickly. Karen

Mila said...

Hi Melinda and thanks for this interesting lesson!
Have a wonderful & floral week-end :)
Hugs,
Mila :)

easternsparkle said...

Lovely post Melinda! Hope you enjoyed Hawaii - one day I'll get there!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a ENCHANTING E post! Oh, and I loved your comment "Puck's Pluck" - now that's a classic! Thanks for visiting! Isn't Jenny's alphabet event FUN! Have a great week! Coralie

Brenda said...

I always enjoy your posts! I do grow the cone flowers. I try and pick a new color each year not sure what I will get this year yet.

joanne lendaro said...

Interesting stuff, the only thing I knew was 1)coneflowers are SUPER easy to grow and 2)Yellow Finches LOVE them!!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Thanks for sharing Melinda!

Hope everyone is feeling better soon!...Rest...Rest...Rest...oh & lots of fluids!

Margaret said...

I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery! Mx

lissa said...

I never knew the name for those flowers or that they have nutritional value, now I know

thanks for your visit to my alphabe-thursday

Jenny said...

Where oh where have my comments gone?

I visited you last night.

Very strange.

I always look forward to and enjoy your posts.

They are really E ngaging and E xcellent.

A+

GardenofDaisies said...

I like growing them in my garden. Such a beautiful flower!

Together We Save said...

Great use of E's.

mbkatc230 said...

What a great, informative post. I swear by echinacea as an immune supplement. Thanks for the history behind it. Kathy

Mumsy said...

I love cone flowers, and I have a white one in my garden. It comes back every year, but I didn't know they have health benefits. Thanks for the info..

Anna said...

My nephew usually takes a of dose Echinacea as a preventive medicine to not catch a cold. I have no experience with it.

Thank you for visiting my site and commenting on my "E as in Earrings"-post.

Actually, I don't wear earrings that often wear myself.
Best wishes
Anna

mub said...

How cool, I had no idea what sort of flower echinacea came from!

Laurie said...

Are you guys back from HI now? I know you had such a great time. When I got back from my one and only trip to HI, it was when we decided to move from CA to CO. It was so quiet on Kauai and the pace of life was so slow that when we got back I had total culture shock!