One of the historical echinacea uses includes chewing the seeds to temporarily numb the gums.
Conflower uses include brewing the herb in a tea or chewing the seeds to numb the mouth temporarily.
Photo by Lilyana Vynogradova
Long before modern medicine came to North America, Native Americans used echinacea medicinally.
You’ve likely heard of the flower’s ability to boost the immune system. (To incorporate the plant into your routine, add a dropperful of echinacea tincture to your tea.) But did you know echinacea acts like ancient Novocain? Chewing the echinacea seeds can temporarily numb the gums and mouth.
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