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Echinacea is an herb that has been found to boost the immune system. Medical research has shown it to be safe and effective in decreasing the frequency, duration, and severity of common illnesses such as ear and sinus infections, colds, and the flu. If you or your child is experiencing an unsual number of these illnesses, we suggest you try this remedy.
Echinacea comes in both adult tablets and liquid, as well as children’s chewables and drops. The adult tablets usually specify the number of milligrams per tablet, and the adult liquid (contains alcohol) is usually 1000 mg per teaspoon. The children’s chewables may state the milligrams, but the drops often don’t. There should be a recommended number of drops according to the child’s weight. Children’s drops may be added to juice or food.
There are two ways to take Echinacea:
CONTINUOUS USE: There is also research that shows there is NO NEED to periodically go off Echinacea to keep it effective. You can decide.2 WEEKS ON AND 2 WEEKS OFF: Some research has shown this schedule is also effective and may be preferable to the 8 weeks schedule above. Try either one and see which works best for you.