Newest Review: ... my sister. who's into a lot of herbal and natural remedies, and she suggested that I tried Echinacea. She takes this every winter and claim... more
Member Name: ktbainbridge
Advantages: Makes me feel better :-)
Disadvantages: Unfortunately not a miracle cure.
Echinacea is a must for us herbal junkies! I tend to have quite a weak immune system and end up really run down through the winter months. I have to take various measures to keep healthy and myself boosted to avoid being miserable and incapable of much through the cold bleak season. Can you tell I am not a fan of the winter?!
One of the things several people recommended to me was to try echinacea. Since I have tried it and become a regular user I have heard and know of so many other people who take it. It's almost like there is a little underground addiction going on!
Echinacea can be bought from many different high street shops, supermarkets and online retailers. One of the things I would look out for when chosing where to purchase is not how many tablets you get in a pack, but what strength they are. That is how you get the real value for money.
The tablets I have found most often come in capsules which are quite easy to swallow. The insides looks like light brown herbs. The tablets seem easy to digest and never leave me with an upset tummy or anything similar. I have never read any bad side effects of it, and have never been told to stop taking it for a while by the doctor etc, like you can hear of with things like St Johns Wort and people being told to stop taking it before operations.
When I am ill I take three tablets per day. In the winter when I feel like my immune system is compromised I take 1-2 per day. When I feel well, I like to have a break, as one day I read somewhere that echinacea works better for you when you do not take it constantly.
Admittedly I do take echinacea as a cocktail of various herbal remedies and vitamins, but I really do feel better when I take it. I feel like I am less likely to get infections, and when I do they are cleared up much quicker.
There have been times when I have felt like I was about to come down with something, but I start taking echinacea, or up my dose, and end up never coming down with it.
Anyone that wants a healthier life style or a boosted immune system- I would recommend this to.
Summary: Recommended for th sickly people!