Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea
) is a popular perennial with striking, purple-pink, daisy-like flowers. It blooms mid to late summer to early fall as flower stalks with upright spikes and flowers with petal radiating outwards. Purple coneflower was used extensively by traditional herbalists and Native Americans alike in North America for generations and is well-known for its ability to help strengthen the immune system to aid in warding off colds and flu viruses. It is said to help stimulate the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection. E. purpurea
is the most widely cultivated of the Echinacea
species, yet little is found in the wild now due to overharvesting. E. pallida
and E. angustifolia
are much more difficult to grow.
In British Columbia, E. purpurea
is used as an ethnoveterinary remedy for disease prevention and immune enhancement in chicks. 20,000mg/40g is added to the feed or leaves are chopped up and fed to chicks as free-choice.
has shown to be a beneficial supplement for chickens in enhancing immunity and fighting off Eimeria spp
that cause Coccidiosis
Summary of Coneflower-related Research in Poultry
|Volatile Oil||Broilers||0.10%||42 days||Antibody responses to Newcaslte Disease vaccine (LaSota) was uneffected, but improved antibody levels.||S Rahimi et al., 2011|
|Dried Aerial Powdrt||Broilers||5 g/kg||42 days||Improved performance and immune responses||N Landy et al., 2011|
|Extract||Broilers||750 mg/kg||42 days||Aided in the recovery from infection with Eimeria spp.||A Arczewska-Wloseki et al., 2013|