Botanical name: Echinacea purpurea
Other names: Purple Coneflower, Black Sampson
Part Used: Root
Action (karma): antiseptic, aphrodisiac, alterative, deodorant, tonic, antiscrofulus, antibiotic, analgesic, antifungal, antibacterial, immune stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, prophylactic.
Dosage: simmer gently 1 teaspoon of the root per cup for 10 minutes, taken once a day.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.