The Great Plains Native Americans first discovered echinacea’s medicinal properties after observing injured and sick elk seek out the plant. Native Americans used the herb as a pain reliever and antidote; herbalists in Switzerland were the first to use echinacea to treat upper respiratory infections like colds. At Dr.Dünner, we’ve proudly carried that tradition of Swiss herbalism onward, leveraging the power of echinacea in our immune blends.
Echinacea held esteemed medicinal regard worldwide for more than 400 years, until the discovery of antibiotics in the 1950s replaced many of echinacea’s use cases. However, as WebMD notes, “people are becoming interested in echinacea again because some antibiotics don’t work as well as they used to against certain bacteria.”