Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about what is echinacea used for? Now echinacea is an herb but it is actually related to black eyed susans. It is a beautiful cone shaped flower, it almost looks like a daisy in a way and it grows really well and has a purple flower though and has a purple flower in the garden. Now echinacea has a lot of different medicinal qualities that people really enjoy and the most important quality is that it stops you from getting sick. It is kind of an antiviral type of plant where it actually boots your immune system. If you think you are getting a cold by taking some echinacea a lot of times you can stop the colds from getting worse because it will actually stop the cold in its tracks. It is an antiviral. It is a wonderful plant and it is used in many different ways as well. It has a high level of Vitamin C too so it will help your body retain Vitamin C which helps you boost your immune system even more so echinacea is usually used just like a cold medicine would be used but instead of treating the symptoms it is used to protect yourself. A lot of times by taking some echinacea if you know you are a little bit run down you can stop a cold or stop the flu from getting you.