Purple coneflower

Other Names:

American Coneflower, Black Samson, Comb Flower, Echinacea

Benefits

  • Anticoccidial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiinfluenza
  • Antibiotic
  • Bacteriostatic
  • Antiviral
  • Wound-healing
  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial

Purple Coneflower


Echinacea purpurea

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.

Anticoccidial: E. purpurea has shown to be a beneficial supplement for chickens in enhancing immunity and fighting off Eimeria spp that cause Coccidiosis in chickens.

Summary of Coneflower-related Research in Poultry
FormSpeciesAmountTime periodResultsRef
Volatile OilBroilers0.10%42 daysAntibody responses to Newcaslte Disease vaccine (LaSota) was uneffected, but improved antibody levels.S Rahimi et al., 2011
Dried Aerial PowdrtBroilers5 g/kg42 daysImproved performance and immune responsesN Landy et al., 2011
ExtractBroilers750 mg/kg42 daysAided in the recovery from infection with Eimeria spp.A Arczewska-Wloseki et al., 2013

References

Mountain Rose Herbs