I have been stupid for 5 years. I had believed that the only effective parts of the echinacea plant are the roots. Once you harvest its roots, the whole plant dies. It takes about 3 years to get an echinacea plant mature enough to use as medicine for flu. Growing and harvesting echinacea was an exercise in patience. I have been nursing a few plants to standby for Little Boy's PSLE. If he falls sick, I want everything I can use to manage the flu. I pay special attention to the echinacea plants to ensure that by the time Little Boy takes his PSLE, they are healthy and potent medicinal plants.
Yeah... I am Petunia Kiasu Lee.
Only just did I learn that the flowers, leaves and stems are effective against flus too, as long as you take the tea at the very first sign of a scratchy throat or itchy nose. See previous post here. Only last month I uprooted and killed a beautiful echinacea plant because Little Boy had flu. Little Boy's flu went away in 12 hours but my plant was dead.
Now that I know that flowers, leaves and stems too can be brewed into a Flu Warrior Tea, I've started to dry and freeze them in bags. I suddenly feel very rich in echinacea tea. Right now, I have about 16 echinacea blooms on the way. Green flower buds that look like hedgehogs on a stalk. I have too much for our family alone. I'm selling these tea bags of one fresh flower each... completely organic.
Each bag sells for $5, which is a steal compared to the price of a medical consultation. They've been harvested in their prime (and most potent), thoroughly dried in my dehydrator and frozen. They'll keep a long time in your freezer, and you can take 'em out and make a Flu Warrior Tea anytime. Leave me a comment if you wanna buy 'em. We can figure out a way to make a transaction.