Icahpe Hu (Echinacea, purple coneflower) has been one of the most widely used medicinal plants of the Plains Indians in North America. It has many common names and has been used for a variety of ailments, including coughs, colds, inflammation, infections, snakebite, sore throats, toothaches, and as a painkiller. It's mostly known as a good remedy for strengthening the immune system.
Archaeological digs have found evidence of Ichape Hu use by the Lakota dating back to the 17th century. Other tribes known to have used echinacea include the Choctaw, Pawnee, and Cheyenne.
Among the indigenous tribes, echinacea may have been one of the most widely used medicinal plants of all in that it was used to treat more maladies than any other Pejuta (medicine.)
Icahpe Hu may be effective for:
- Boosting Immunity: Icahpe Hu is a powerful pejuta for strengthening the immune system, helping to overcome illnesses like colds and flus and also may significantly decrease the chance of getting sick in the first place.
- Sore Throats and toothaches: Echinacea has long been used to treat coughs, sore throats and similar problems. The root was used to treat toothaches and other mouth pain.
- Colds: The most common use of echinacea today is to shorten the duration of colds. Studies suggest that using echinacea can shorten a cold and lower the change of getting ill.
- Infections: Echinacea may reduce incidents of recurring infections. This effect may result from its ability to boost the immune system.
- Pain: Echinacea may be useful as a pain reliever. It was widely used it as an analgesic.
- Anxiety and depression: Some of the compounds in echinacea may be beneficial for individuals suffering from anxiety or a gloomy outlook.
Our Icahpe Hu herbal supplement is made with both the plant and root to maximize its medicinal benefits. A few drops of tincture can be compared to drinking a cup of medicinal tea!
Every purchase helps replant indigenous medicines and supports regeneration in our homeland on the Pine Ridge reservation. Wopila (thank you) 🌱
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