Q&A: Echinacea “Green Envy”?

Question by Rebecca: Echinacea “Green Envy”?
Echinacea “Green Envy” is a variety of Cone flower that starts out green, but turns pink later in the season. It looks like this: http://www.estabrooksonline.com/images/highres/green_envy.jpg.
It’s a very cool plant and I have checked all over and can’t find it. Where is a reliable place to order plants online?

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Answer by douglas
i have not ordered frm these folks but i did call them for said yes they would sell you the plant that you want and they will be willing to help you in getting what you want they have the yahoo seal sothey will probably be good people to deal with

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What We Might not Know About Echinacea

Regularly, by email, or on the ‘feedback page’ of our website, we receive enquiries about Echinacea. How much does it cost? How big is the bottle? Do we have it currently in stock? But when I ask what kind of Echinacea the customer is enquiring about, I am often met with some confusion. “I didn’t know there was more than one kind” is usually the answer.

There are, in fact, three kinds used medicinally: Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Angustifolia, and Echinacea Pallida. Three species of the same plant! Yet usually, when we buy Echinacea in the UK in tincture or tablet form, or included in ‘cold-cure’ remedies, it is Echinacea Purpurea we get.  Many people have not even heard of the other two varieties. And Echinacea Pallida, as far as I have found, seems difficult to obtain in the UK.

Many years ago, when I was suffering very badly with a bout of ‘flu, a friend brought me a tincture of Echinacea Purpurea. I took this religiously, as I had heard how wonderful this marvellous medicine was, and how it would just about bust any germs lurking in my poor body, and support my immune system into the bargain. Yet I didn’t feel much better! I knew the power of herbal medicines, and particularly how effective tinctures were, so I was disappointed. Until……..my friend brought me another bottle. This had such an unusual flavour, brought a lot of saliva to my mouth, and tingled my tongue and throat, similar to the effect of eating raw orange-peel. (I wondered if the suppliers had made a mistake and labelled the bottle wrongly) Yet, amazingly, within two hours I was feeling almost totally better! Then I read the small print. It was Echinacea Angustifolia!

It took me a little time to understand the difference, and try them both out, with me as the guinea-pig! I learned that Echinacea Purpurea did indeed help to support me, in a wholistic way, if I were overstrained or tired. It seemed to protect me against a large percentage of nasty germs flying around in my busy world, (though not a magical talisman. I did catch one cold!) Yet it would often subtly help to re-balance my strength and health, if I felt under pressure. I did not take it every day, just for short-ish periods of time, a week or two at a stretch.

Echinacea Angustifolia, on the other hand, was my best friend whenever there was any infection to cope with. Any infection responded well to this treatment (4ml. 3 times a day) Or if there was any infected area on the skin, Echinacea Angustifolia tincture, either neat, or let down with a few drops of water, made an excellent lotion, healing ‘from the inside out’ (drawing out pus or toxins naturally, and not healing the surface skin before deeper healing had taken place.)Purpurea seemed to have little effect in cases like this. The tincture form of the remedy had better results than a tea, decocted from the dried root. I have since learned that tinctures are the best way to take herbal medicines. They are more rapidly-absorbed by the system, and more of the active properties of the herb are extracted particularly in a 1/4 or1/5 (at least 35%)alcohol solution.

Yes, both varieties of Echinacea on the market are good medicine. But they have their specific roles.

Yet it does concern me that Echinacea and Echinacea-containing products are being used with increasing frequency nowadays, and often without much thought or reflection about how our immune systems have their own intrinsic integrity, and normally do not need to be interfered with on a regular basis. I have known people who took Echinacea Purpurea three times a day for many years! That is not advisable. The immune system, to be strong, really needs us to live a healthy balanced lifestyle. As much sleep as we need. Vitamin-rich fresh foods, plenty of good water, plenty of regular outdoor exercise (in all weather!) And ways to cope with or lessen stress in our lives will all contribute to a healthy immune system.    

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Raising the Echinacea Herb In Your Herb Garden For Use In Herbal Medicine

First, let’s get the pronunciation right, it is pronounced eh-kin-AY-sha. The echinacea herb is very important to grow in your herb garden for use in herbal medicine. By adding the echinacea herb to your herb garden not only will you be able to use it in your herbal medicine regime but you also gain a beautiful flowering herb.

It is mostly found in the Northern Plains and has been used by Native Americans for its healing power in herbal medicine. The Indians used the mashed roots on everything from wounds to snakebites. It was used as a mouthwash to help with painful teeth and gums. They brewed Echinacea herbs as teas for colds and other maladies, like measles and arthritis. The Indians prized this herb for its value in herbal medicine. They thought that the echinacea herb was a blood purifier.

As herbal medicine, the echinacea herb is useful in all its parts. It is a daisy like flower with a rich purple hue. This herb will outshine any other flowers in your herb garden. Monarch Butterflies will flock to your herb garden when you have included the Echinacea herb. The best time to dig up the plant is in the fall but be aware that it takes three years for the herb to be useful in herbal medicine.

In the later part of the 1990’s there were scads of studies that showed the usefulness of the echinacea herb for colds and flu. But there have also been studies that claim it as worthless. You will have to try it to see how it affects you.

The echinacea herb is a stimulant for the immune system. The herb boosts the ability of macrophages (infection fighting white blood cells) to fight off invading germs. When taking the echinacea herb as part of your herbal medicine regime, infections cased by viruses, bacteria and fungus will heal much faster than without it.

Typically the root is used in herbal medicine. If you eat the fresh root, you should get a numbing or tingling of the tongue. It will also increase the flow of saliva in your mouth. This is entirely normal and should cease in about 15 minutes. The echinacea herb is best used in its fresh state. So you see echinacea is important to add to your herb garden. When you plant echinacea in your herb garden you will be adding one more natural plant to use in your arsenal of herbal medicine.

With the echinacea herb the most commonly used in herbal medicine is the E. augustifolia. However, E. purpurea and E; pallida can be just as useful in herbal medicine if prepared correctly.

Another way to get the benefits from the echinacea herb is to make a tincture, (look for my article on How To Make Tinctures). In a glass of fruit juice add up to 30 drops in the juice and take it three times a day. Adjust the dosage if you become nauseas. And, as in all things in life, you can get “to much of a good thing”. If you take the echinacea herb over too long a period of time, you will over stimulate your immune system. So, take a break when your symptoms start to dissipate.

There are some people that should not use echinacea in their herbal medicine routine. No one with auto-immune disease should take the herb since it could potentially aggravate that disease. And people with HIV should not take echinacea because by stimulating the immune system you may also stimulate the virus. It is most important to always check with your doctor before starting any herbal medicine regime.

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About the Author
Mary Hanna is an aspiring herbalist who lives in Central Florida. This allows her to grow gardens inside and outside year round. She has published other articles on Cruising, Gardening and Cooking. Visit her websites at http://www.GardeningHerb.com http://www.CruiseTravelDirectory.com and http://www.ContainerGardeningSecrets.com

About the Author
Mary Hanna is an aspiring herbalist who lives in Central Florida. This allows her to grow gardens inside and outside year round. She has published other articles on Cruising, Gardening and Cooking. Visit her websites at http://www.CruiseTravelDirectory.com, http://www.ContainerGardeningSecrets.com, and http://www.GardeningHerb.com