from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea, having usually pinkish-purple ray flowers.
- n. The roots, seeds, or other parts of such a plant, used in herbal medicine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several plants, of genus Echinacea, having pinkish-purple flowers.
- n. A herbal medicine extracted from the roots and seeds of such plants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of coarse composite plants of the prairies of North America, allied to Rudbeckia, but with long rose-colored rays and prickly-pointed chaff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small genus of North American coarse perennial herbs
The active components have yet to be identified but echinacea is believed to improve immune defenses by stimulating lymphocyte activity.
According to the Nutrition Business Journal, 2006 saw a drop in echinacea sales with $129 million-worth sold in the United States.
Commonly used ingredients already registered include echinacea, which is used against colds, St John's wort, used for depression and anxiety, and valerian, which is claimed to ease insomnia.
The blanket term echinacea usually refers to three species of this plant: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea purpurea, and Echinacea pallida.
Cold and influenza remedies containing a plant extract called echinacea should be avoided as the extract had an adverse effect on hayfever and asthma sufferers, Medinfo warned on Wednesday.
Today's English gardens, from the small suburban yards to large parklands, are crowded with the descendants of the plants that Mr. Bartram dispatched, ranging from vibrant flowers such as echinacea, phlox and scarlet beebalm to majestic tulip poplars, magnolias and southern catalpas.
The word 'echinacea' gives them a hard time, though.
Compress affected areas with combined infusions of antimicrobial herbs such as echinacea, goldenseal, thyme, and myrrh.
Infusions containing ingredients such as echinacea, said by celebrities including Jennifer Aniston to boost the immune system, have been particularly popular, said Whittard.
Infusions containing ingredients such as echinacea, said by celebrities including Jennifer Aniston to boost the immune system, have been particularly popular, said Whittard