Great Design Plant: Echinacea Pallida
Echinacea is a Native American medicinal plant named for the prickly scales in its large conical seed head, which resembles the spines of an angry hedgehog (echinos is Greek for hedgehog). Native Americans may have used echinacea for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds, and as a general “cure-all.” Throughout history people have used echinacea to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning, and diphtheria.
Today, people use echinacea to shorten the duration of the common cold and flu, and reduce symptoms, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and fever. Many herbalists also recommend echinacea to help boost the immune system and help the body fight infection. Echinacea also contains substances that have wound healing and germicidal properties.
Element: Earth (Employment, Fertility, Healing, Money, Prosperity)
Planet: Mars (Courage, Exorcism, Hex-Breaking, Lust, Protection, Sexual Potency)
Powers: Healing, Strengthening Spells
Echinacea is often used to strengthen the power of spells. It was also used by the Native Americans as an offering to spirits. it boosts and fortifies any type of spell work or magickal item. Because of this, it is a common addition to talismans, charms, sachets and incense blends made with, or from herbs aside from its more well-known integration into orally ingested or topically applied magickal potions. Echinacea is also reputed to be a powerful fortune and luck herb, and is often used by some magick users for money-attracting spells.