What Can I Do With Echinacea Seeds?
Purchasing Echinacea seeds is a great way to decorate your garden with beautiful flowers and to upgrade your home medical cabinet at the same time. This article will be a helpful guide when it comes to planting your Echinacea seeds and using the flower as a natural remedy.
How to Plant Echinacea Seeds
Very important for a successful growth is the soil. It should be rich in nutrition and especially if you want to use the Echinacea later on for medical or beauty purposes, the soil and everything you add should be 100% organic. Thus, use organic or even home-made compost to enrich the soil rather than using commercial fertilizers. You may also use natural manure and gardening waste - these kinds of fertilizers are environmentally friendly and good for you.
March is the best time to plant your Echinacea seeds but it really depends on the ground temperature. If you still experience frost or ice it is probably better to wait or to plant the Echinacea seeds in a pot. You can transplant them into your garden when the plants are a little stronger and the temperature is more suitable.
It takes about 1 year until the first flowers bloom. In the second year you will find that the once tiny Echinacea seeds have grown to a thick plant with lots of flowers and beautiful leaves. You may even have to separate some plants depending on the amount of space you have. Echinacea flowers can come in different colors - from white to pink or dark red - everything is possible. The picture on your Echinacea seed package should tell you which color you are buying. It makes no difference in medical terms whether the Echinacea is white or pink, it is purely a matter of esthetics.
It is clinically proven that Echinacea has a positive effect on our immune system especially when we are suffering from infectious diseases such as cold, flu or infections in the respiratory tract. It is also an effective remedy for mild kidney malfunctions and is overall known to increase the wellbeing. As for outer use, Echinacea is effective to speed up the healing process in wounds.
Echinacea is available as juice, syrup, creams, gels, pills, tablets and even injections. You should always consult your doctor before treating a medical issue with Echinacea because it is not effective when it comes to more serious diseases such as HIV, Cancer and Tuberculosis.
Make Your Own Echinacea Remedy
You may certainly be able to buy various balms, syrups, teas and supplements containing Echinacea. Nevertheless, if you have a bunch in the garden, you can also try to make your own – for free. Here is a quick and easy recipe for an Echinacea tincture that can be used as a remedy when you are suffering from an infection, or as a skin wash.
You can use fresh or dried Echinacea for this recipe. Fill 2/3 of a jar (must be made of glass!) with dried or fresh Echinacea flowers. Top the jar up with 80 proof alcohol – this is important to extract and preserve the medical substance. For example, you can use rum or vodka. The jar should then be closed and left for 2 weeks while it should be shaken every day. After that you should drain the tincture to remove any traces of the Echinacea, and the tincture should be kept in a cool, dry place. It can last many months as it is preserved through the alcohol (you can use the best before date that is written on the bottle of alcohol that you used.) It is very important to label your tincture properly to avoid any accidents.