Echinacea is a daisy-like flower native to North America. It is also known as a coneflower with vibrant pink petals and a protruding conical orange-brown center. For centuries, Native Americans would use the echinacea flower to treat a wide range of ailments. Echinacea tea enjoyed wide popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries until the introduction of anti-biotics. Echinacea has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity as people are looking for natural alternatives to traditional medicine.
Skullcap is a delightful flowering plant with blossoms shaped like hoods that resemble the helmets worn by medieval soldiers. It is most well-known for its sedative properties but skullcap has many other health benefits. This perennial plant is part of the Mint family, grows to about 2-3 feet tall, and can be found in wet habitats. This plant thrives in more shaded areas, avoiding direct sunlight. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Native American cultures have long considered the skullcap herb to be a useful medicinal plant with a range benefits.
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