Metaphysical Properties Of Echinacea Pallida Root
Official Name: Echinacea Pallida
Other Names: Pale Purple Coneflower
Metaphysical Powers: Power, Success, Strengthening of Spells, Money, Healing, Defensive Magic, Protection, Purification
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Echinacea Pallida Root
- The name Echinacea comes from the Greek echinos, which describe the nature of a hedgehog or sea urchin, in reference to the bristly scales of the dried seed head.
- This is a North American native and was used extensively by the Native American populations for all manner of ailments. The Plains Nations used it more than any other herb
- Carrying Echinacea will provide inner strength during trying times.
- It can also be grown around the house or brought into a house and placed in a vase to draw prosperity into the home and protect the family from suffering from poverty.
- Echinacea is an appropriate flower for offerings, especially to place spirits and river God(dess)es.
- Including Echinacea in any spell or charm will increase its effectiveness.
- Echinacea attracts bees and butterflies and small birds enjoy the seeds as winter snacks
The Cheyenne used a decoction (mash fresh plant material, boil for 8-10 minutes, and strain) of the echinacea roots for various medicinal purposes, including as a drink for arthritis, rheumatism, measles, mumps, even smallpox, and as a wash for burns. They infused the roots and leaves for sore throat, sore mouth, and gums, and chewed the roots for toothaches. The Dakota and Sioux both used it as a treatment against snakebites and stinging insect bites. They chewed the root for colds but also as a means of remedying thirst.
Echinacea Parts Used: Most often roots but stems and flowers are also used but are weaker
Not to be used when progressive systemic diseases such as the following exist:
Tuberculosis, leukosis, collagenosis, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, HIV infection, and other autoimmune diseases.