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Echinacea: Nature's Medicinal Marvel

Hey everyone, it's that exciting time again where we're almost set to share some garden love with you through our carefully grown Echinacea seeds! We can't wait to show you how easy-peasy it is to grow these vibrant flowers from the seeds we're handing out. And guess what? We've got all the tips and tricks ready for you to not only grow them but also to whip up your very own health-boosting extract when the time's right. Let's build a buzzing community of blooming gardens and awesome healthy vibes, starting right in your own backyard, one Echinacea seed at a time!

By sharing these seeds, we're not just gardening; we're creating a big, happy family of health buffs, all keen on bringing a slice of our green paradise to their homes. It's all about connecting, sharing, and growing together. We are nurturing our very own green havens filled with healing and energy, right at our doorstep.

And speaking of Echinacea, this powerhouse plant is like a super-hero of the garden, bursting with health and vitality that we can all tap into. We're here to walk you through the magical journey from tiny seed to amazing extract, setting you up for a healthier, happier lifestyle, all fueled by nature's best-kept secrets.

The Garden of Wellbeing: Understanding Echinacea's Health Properties

At the crossroads of ancient wisdom and modern science, we find Echinacea, a powerhouse of healing properties. Laden with a rich concoction of phenols, alkamides, and flavonoids, this plant serves as a catalyst to bolster the immune system and invigorate one's inner vitality. As we explore further, we uncover a botanical treasure trove that stands as a testimony to nature's profound capability to nurture and heal.

Echinacea, a powerful perennial plant, has carved its niche in the sphere of natural medicine due to its robust array of medicinal properties. Famed for its immune-boosting qualities, it has become a trusted ally in warding off colds and flu, fostering a resilient barrier against seasonal ailments. Beyond its role as an immunomodulatory agent, it also harbors anti-inflammatory properties, making it a beneficial resource in managing skin conditions and promoting wound healing. Moreover, its potential role in alleviating respiratory conditions and urinary tract infections further amplifies its standing as a versatile herb in the realm of health and wellbeing. As we venture deeper, we find that Echinacea holds promising avenues in the broader scope of holistic health, offering a natural remedy to several contemporary ailments.

Sandra tending echinaceas at sunset

Cultivation: Nurturing Echinacea from Seed to Blossom

To cultivate Echinacea in one's own backyard is to foster a reservoir of wellbeing, right at home, you also will be surprised how easy and little care it takes to grow this beautiful plant! The initial phase of this fulfilling journey commences in the fall or early embrace of spring. Select a spot blessed with ample sunlight and good drainage to sow the seeds. As days pass, nurture the budding life with periodic watering, fostering a nurturing space where the plant can thrive, reaching skyward with vibrant hues and vitality.  

Echinacea Extract in Jars

Crafting the Elixir: A Guide to Making Echinacea Extract

Once your Echinacea plants start popping up with those bright flowers, you're all set to make a natural, kick-butt extract that's just packed with good vibes for your well-being. Just grab those flowers and roots(but only if the roots are three years old) since they're the powerhouse of the plant.

Now, get ready to feel a bit like a wizard as you mix them with water and alcohol, kicking off this magical transformation. You gotta let it sit and soak for a few weeks or longer (I soak mine for several months in a window sill) but trust me, it's worth the wait. You'll end up with this amazing liquid full of all the good stuff from the Echinacea. It's basically like bottling up a bit of nature's magic to keep you feeling great!

Homemade Echinacea Extract


  • Fresh Echinacea flowers and leaves (If you wish to use roots, make sure the plant has been growing for at least 3 years)
  • High-proof alcohol (like vodka or brandy)
  • A clean, glass jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • A fine strainer or cheesecloth


  1. Harvesting: Begin by harvesting fresh Echinacea flowers, leaves, and roots (if the plant is mature enough).
  2. Cleaning: Gently rinse the harvested parts under cool water to remove any dirt or debris.
  3. Chopping: Coarsely chop the Echinacea parts into smaller pieces. This will help to release their medicinal properties more efficiently.
  4. Jar Preparation: Fill your clean glass jar about half to three-quarters full with the chopped Echinacea.
  5. Adding Alcohol: Pour the high-proof alcohol into the jar, making sure to completely cover the Echinacea parts by a couple of inches. This will extract the beneficial components effectively.
  6. Sealing: Seal the jar tightly with the lid to prevent any contamination.
  7. Infusion: Let the mixture steep in for about 4-6 weeks. Shake the jar gently every few days to aid in the extraction process.
  8. Straining: After the infusion period, strain the mixture using a fine strainer or cheesecloth into a clean glass bottle. Make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the Echinacea parts.
  9. Bottling: Transfer the strained liquid into a clean, dark glass bottle. Seal it tightly with a lid.
  10. Labeling: Label your bottle with the date and contents.
  11. Usage: Your Echinacea extract is now ready to use! You can take it directly under the tongue or mix it into water or juice.


  • The recommended dosage is about 1-2 teaspoons, up to three times a day, especially during cold and flu season to boost immunity.

Enjoy your homemade Echinacea extract, a natural booster for your immune system!

Alcohol-Free Echinacea Extract

(I usually add our alcohol-based extract to our daughter's favorite cup of hot tea. I combine it with some elderberry and Echinacea extract, and then sweeten it with a touch of honey. I let it steep for about 10-15 minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate.)


  • Fresh Echinacea flowers, leaves, and roots (if the plant is mature)
  • Food-grade vegetable glycerin
  • Distilled water
  • A clean, glass jar with a tight-fitting lid
  • A fine strainer or cheesecloth


  1. Harvesting: Start by picking fresh Echinacea flowers, leaves, and possibly roots if the plant is mature.
  2. Cleaning: Clean the harvested parts gently under cool water to remove any dirt.
  3. Chopping: Chop the Echinacea parts coarsely to facilitate better extraction of medicinal properties.
  4. Jar Preparation: Fill your glass jar about half to three-quarters full with the chopped Echinacea pieces.
  5. Preparing the Glycerin Mixture: Create a mixture of vegetable glycerin and distilled water. A good ratio to follow is 75% glycerin to 25% water. This mixture will act as your extracting agent, pulling the beneficial components from the Echinacea.
  6. Adding the Glycerin Mixture: Pour your glycerin mixture into the jar, completely covering the Echinacea material by a couple of inches.
  7. Sealing: Seal the jar tightly to avoid any contamination.
  8. Infusion: Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks, shaking it gently every few days to aid the extraction process.
  9. Straining: After the infusion period, strain the mixture through a fine strainer or cheesecloth into a clean container, making sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  10. Bottling: Pour the strained liquid into a clean, amber-colored glass bottle and seal it tightly, store in the fridge to preserve freshness.
  11. Labeling: Label your bottle with the contents and the date.
  12. Usage: Your alcohol-free Echinacea extract is ready for use! You can give it to children by mixing it into a little water, juice, or a smoothie.


  • The recommended dosage for children would be about 1 teaspoon, 1-2 times a day, particularly during the cold and flu season to boost their immune system. However, you can consult with a pediatrician before introducing any new supplement into your child's diet.
  • This glycerin-based extract will have a sweeter taste compared to alcohol-based extracts, making it more palatable for children.

Remember, the key to a successful extraction is using high-quality, fresh Echinacea and giving it time to steep properly.

Sandra's Echinacea

Journey into the Heart of Echinacea

Growing Echinacea from a mere seed and witnessing its powerful medicinal transformation has been a deeply personal journey for me, revealing the intimate bond we share with nature. Every moment I've spent tending to this plant has heightened my gratitude for the incredible health benefits it provides. This isn't just about gardening—it's a part of who I am. With each seed sown, I am reminded of the intricate dance of life, the blend of care, patience, and wonder. Let's cherish this gift, and together, embrace the healing embrace of Echinacea, allowing it to guide us toward a life steeped in nature's nurturing embrace.


Sandra Charbonneau
Sandra Charbonneau


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