A native of the U.S., growing mostly on the Western prairies. (Echinacea)
The ROOT is the part used. It has thick black roots with a pungent taste and no odor. It is largely used in impurities of the blood as boils, carbuncles, gangrene, puerperal septicemia, and tuberculosis; it is used both internally and externally. For tuberculosis, elecampane root may be added.
For boils and carbuncles, apply an external application of equal parts echinacea and ground pine, at the same time taking internally equal parts FE echinacea and simple syrup. Dose: 1 Dr. 3 to 6 times daily.
For fermentative dyspepsia, typhoid, and other fevers, add 1/2 to 1 Dr. FE to other remedies for good results.
In puerperal septicemia take 1/2 to 1 t. every 4 hours.
For black tongue, indicating low septic conditions, mix FE echinacea 1 Dr. or more in 4 oz. distilled water; take 1 Dr. every 3 hrs.
In erysypelis and in poison ivy poisoning, apply Fl. X for almost instant relief.
As a blood purifier, mix ( all FE ) 2 Dr. ea. of echinacea, Jamaica sarsaparilla and burdock rt., 1 Dr. each false bittersweet and juniper berries and 8 oz. simple syrup. Dose 1 t. or more 3 times daily.
A simple infusion is made as follows: steep 1 t. granulated root in 1 C. boiling water 2 hr. Strain and take 1 T. 3 to 6 times daily.