By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
You will want to consider planting Echinacea as a valuable and beautiful flower in your breast cancer healing garden. Echinacea Purpurea…aka “Purple Coneflower” has been involved in herbal medicine and enjoyed for it’s bold purple blooms for decades. Let’s look at three reasons why you will want to consider planting this valuable and beautiful flower.
1. Echinacea Attracts Butterflies and Pollinating Insects
This flower is covered with pollinators when in full bloom. And it’s no wonder why either when you look at the giant cone center with the drooping petals which provides an easy resting spot for butterflies and lots of nectar and pollen for insects. If you leave the seed heads of the flowers alone in the fall, you’ll also attract goldfinches which love their seeds. This flower is one of the best plants to bring nature right into your own backyard.
2. Echinacea Easy-Care and Drought Resistant Perennial
That’s right; very easy to plant and take care of. Once sown, either by seed or by plants, echinacea will establish itself very easily. A native to Texas and out west, it’s used to living on less than ideal water which means this plant is tough. Echinacea likes fertile, well-drained soil in a sunny location. With rich soil, it should grow about 3-4 feet high and produce flowers 4-6 inches across and it makes a nice addition to the back of your flower or herb bed.
3. Echinacea is an Immune System Builder
Native Americans long valued this plant for it’s immune system medicinal properties and should be in every established herb or flower garden. Even though echinacea augustifolia is the more well-known medicinal flower of the two varieties, purpurea is easier to grow and much hardier. Typically the roots are used in herbal preparations of tinctures, and teas, but the leaves and flowers have some medicinal value as well, especially in teas. If you don’t want to sacrifice your plant by digging up the roots harvest the topmost leaves and newest flowers for your tea blend.
Using this medicinal herbal flower will help you in your breast cancer recovery. You can grow plants and harvest your own roots, or you can order them online to make your own teas or tinctures. At least I have the plant available if I did need the roots for stronger medicine. You typically want to harvest roots from 3 year old plants and during the fall once they are done flowering.
Hopefully after reading this, you’ll understand the immense value of this versatile and wonderful plant. So, if you haven’t planted one yet, now is the perfect time.
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