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Purple coneflower

Purple coneflower

A perennial plant centred around a solid branched stem with a slightly coarse texture (hairs). Depending on its biotype, it can measure between 60 and 150 cm – Leaves with petioles or almost sessile, depending on whether they are attached to the base of the stem or higher up on the plant – Flower, with a long peduncle, in the shape of a little “sun hat”, with a domed, cone-shaped dark red or orange centre that is hard and spikey, like a little hedgehog, given the origin of its name (echinus).

Latin name

Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench


North America.

Used part

The whole plant.

Active components

Polysaccharides, phenolic compounds (caftaric acid, cichoric acid) and alkylamides: these substances have proven antiseptic and anti-inflammatory immunomodulating action.


Traditionally, Echinacea angustifolia was used by the native people of North America: the root was applied to treat snake bites, coughs and headaches or generally as an analgaesic. The likelihood is that the wrong plant was brought to Europe at the start of the 20th century, namely Echinacea purpurea, and was used to prevent and treat chills. Scientific studies of the different types of Echinacea (on the parts of the plant, the types of extracts and concentrations used) have been compared. The results were indistinct and unclear. The result was that researchers have lost confidence in the efficacy of “echinacea”. Nonetheless, clinical studies have shown that Echinacea purpurea can be used effectively to support the immune system. 1-7 It can be taken proactively to prevent upper respiratory tract infections 8-10 and to soothe the mouth and throat. 11-24

Bibliographical references

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The health claims relating to other nutrients or substances contained in our products that feature on our site are compliant with Regulation No. 432/2012 of the Commission of 16 May 2012 which establishes a list of authorised health claims authorised in relation to food products, other than those in reference to the reduction of the risk of disease as well as community-based development and child health (cf. website of the European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/nuhclaims/).