19. Coneflowers (Echinacea)
- Medicinal Use: Excessive Coughing, Sore Throat, Headaches
Most know Coneflowers by their botany name of Echinacea. There are ten species in the fami ly still living today but two are endangered. The entire family can be terrific medicinally. While there is no true evidence that they can treat the Common Cold or Cancer like some claim, they are still very useful.
The rumor of helping colds possibly began because Echinacea plants have helped with sore throats and coughs. Some people also see some headache relief from them as well. Native Americans loved the plant for its medicinal value, so it’s likely it can help with a lot of random issues.