The Herbs of Smoothie Essentials: Echinacea

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Echinacea [1][2] is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἐχῖνος (echino), meaning “sea urchin,” due to the spiny central disk.

Recognized by the FDA as GRIN #: 14798 [3] National Health Products Licensing, Compendium of Monographs: Echinacea [4]

  • Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections (Barnes et al. 2007, Blumenthal et al. 2000, Ellingwood 1983[1919], Felter and Lloyd 1983[1898], Grieve 1971[1931])
  • Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve sore throats (Blumenthal et al. 2000, Moerman 1998)

A 2007 study by the University of Connecticut combined findings from 14 previously reported trials examining Echinacea and concluded that Echinacea can cut the chances of catching a cold by more than half, and shorten the duration of a cold by an average of 1.4 days.[2][5] However, Dr. Wallace Sampson, an editor of Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine and a Stanford University emeritus clinical professor of medicine, says that the referenced trials lack the similarities necessary to provide definitive results when combined into one report. “If you have studies that measure different things, there is no way to correct for that. These researchers tried, but you just can’t do it.”[6]

[1]Natural Health Products Ingredients Database – Echinacea: http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredReq.do?id=6092&lang=eng

[2]Wikipedia – Echinacea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echinacea

[3]GRIN Echinacea: http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?14798

[4]Health Canada. Product Licensing. Compendium of Monographs: Echinacea- http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpidbdipsn/monoReq.do?id=78&lang=eng

[5]Sachin A Shah, Stephen Sander, C Michael White, Mike Rinaldi, Craig I Coleman (July 2007). “Evaluation of echinacea for the prevention and treatment of the common cold: a meta-analysis”. The Lancet Infectious Diseases 7 (7): 473–480. doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(07)70160-3. ISSN 1473-3099. PMID 17597571

[6]Study: Echinacea Cuts Colds by Half WebMD Health News, June 26, 2007

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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