Since most everyone I know is sick right now, I chose Echinacea due to its reported medicinal properties.
Echinacea is commonly known as “Coneflower,” a member of the sunflower family. It is a drought-tolerant perennial that flowers from early to late summer. Naturopathic Practioners claim that the extract has a positive effect on managing yeasts and fungal growth in the body.
The plant’s extract has been used to treat yeast infections including urinary tract infections, skin infections, ear infections, the common cold, and dozens of other sicknesses. Research suggests it stimulates an immune system response. Research into the healing properties of Echinacea doesn’t support most of the claims that are made but – none the less – it’s part of a lot of herbal health programs. I suggest researching the side effects before using.
Now you know why deer are so healthy – they love to eat the flowers! So be sure to plant Echinacea near your house if you have these nocturnal nibblers visiting your yard.