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Common Name Echinacea
Latin Name Echinacea purpurea
Family Compositae
Part Used Root
Gathering Time Fall
Constituents Volatile oil, echinacside glycoside, inulin, tartaric acid, rutin
Actions Anti-microbial
Common Uses Used to boost the bodies immune system. Used to combat flu and colds.
Contraindications  Autoimmune diseases, pregnancy
Possible Drug Interactions  Do not use if taking immunosuppressants.
Overdose Symptoms High doses of herb may interfere with sperm enzyme activity.

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