My family uses Echinacea as our go-to home remedy and has done so for years. At the first sign of a cold or sore throat, I’ve been known to swallow a handful of Echinacea pills and successfully avoid the illness from escalating. Echinacea is known for its herbal, antibiotic, anti-bacterial and healing properties, but there are several more Echinacea uses that are not as commonly known.
Echinacea uses for skin:
Echinacea is rich in tannins that work as an astringent causing a shrinking effect on skin cells. To help diminish wrinkles, use an overnight cream rich in Echinacea.
Acne creams containing Echinacea help to fight acne-causing bacteria and soothes the skin.
Echinacea purpurea has an analgesic effect and will work as a topical disinfectant on many skin wounds. Applying a dried Echinacea powder to small wounds, rashes, burns or cuts will help accelerate the healing process by promoting cellular regeneration. Echinacea also works great for people with psoriasis and eczema!
Echinacea Uses for Hair:
First, I should point out that with all of these Echinacea uses, they’re not effective in pill form. In order to incorporate Echinacea into your hair, skin, or nail routine, you’ll be looking for it to be extracted or fortified into another product such as a shampoo, cream, etc.
Echinacea helps to promote hair growth by enhancing blood circulation to the scalp and strengthening the hair follicles.
The anti-microbial properties of Echinacea help eliminate dandruff altogether when used over a period of time. Use an Echinacea-based shampoo to provide relief from dandruff.
You can make your own hair-mask by mixing freshly extracted aloe vera gel, Echinacea tincture and some tea tree oil. The Echinacea will fight against dandruff causing bacteria while the Aloe vera and tea tree oil will moisturize your hair.