As such, it may provide relief of respiratory symptoms such as upper respiratory tract infections, the common cold and assist respiration during air travel.
Echinacea is stimulating, cooling and antiseptic, removing dead cells and metabolic byproducts from the lymphatic system and the blood. It disperses stagnation and debris before these turn into malignant accumulations.
I love the tingle of a good Echinacea tincture and always feel invigorated by it. If taken at the first sign of a cold, a few drops 3 x day seems to be enough to ward it off. At the end stage of a disease, its lymphatic cleansing action may be attributed to its acrid and cool properties, which help it to outthrust pathogens, clear heat and disperse phlegm.
Some cautions exist for the use of echinacea alongside immune-suppressive drugs, auto-immune conditions and allergies to the asteracea family. Asthmatics should use with caution or as part of a formula as it modulates cytokines. Work with a professional if unsure.