Echinacea-Goldenseal – Enjoy A Healthier Winter!
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 1, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
For superb immune support and protection this winter, try Echinacea-Goldenseal formula – great for the whole family!
Along with its two namesake herbs, Echinacea-Goldenseal formula contains Red Root, Myrrh, Licorice, Oregon Grape, Wild Indigo, and Yerba Mansa root for complete and comprehensive immune support.
Goldenseal root is known as “King of the Mucous Membranes” because of its effectiveness in combating infections involving the respiratory and digestive tracts. It contains the powerful natural antibiotics berberine and hydrastine, two extremely bitter alkaloids which have a notable antibacterial action.
Echinacea is a familiar remedy for many. It’s been used by indigenous Native Americans for hundreds of years for all kinds of maladies including infections, toothaches, and snake bites (this is where one of its many common names, Snake Root, comes from. Other herbs also share this common name, which is why it’s important to confirm the botanical name of the plant.).
Echinacea root and flower contain immune-boosting compounds that give it its familiar ‘tingle’ factor when the tincture is taken, and which instantly increase our salivation. These have been shown to support the production of a group of white blood cells (T cells) that are especially important for defending against viruses. In recent years, a growing body of scientific evidence has validated many of Echinacea’s traditional usages, especially its effectiveness against infections.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan