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Echinacea FAQ

Answers to a few questions we have received. Should you have a question, let us know and we will post the answer here.
How is your echinacea tincture taken?
Placing it directly on the tongue from the dropper is an acquired taste; however. For those with delicate tastes, we suggest adding the recommended amount of tincture to a small amount of water or your favourite beverage. Swish it around your mouth like a mouth wash then swallow. When first trying our tincture the recommended dosage on the bottle may seem a bit overpowering in taste and tingle. Our customers have passed on recipe suggestions that work well for them. We share them with you here. To ensure best results these recipes follow the daily dosages recommended on the bottle. To tone down the unique taste and tingle of our tincture a popular method is to mix with your favorite beverage. A warm drink is a great way to benefit from the tincture. (Some say the best way) Tip: To fill the dropper squeeze the top 2-3 times while immersed in the bottle before you remove it. Mix 2-3 full droppers in a cup of coffee or tea stir gently then swish around your mouth before swallowing. This delivers the recommended daily dosage. Be sure the drink is not hot! (Adding cream and sweetener is just fine) 3-4 times a day seems to work fine. A good nights sleep means a cup of tea not coffee just before bed. And you still get the famous Tingle! It works just fine in cold drinks as well. Use the same measurements and method as you would the tea or coffee drink. A very popular method is a mixture of liquid honey and 2-3 droppers of tincture. Blend together and sweeten your drink with the mixture. Those that like the taste take a half dropper under the tongue 2-3 times a day when needed as well as 2-3 cups of your favorite warm beverage mixed as described above. This method is very effective and is the most popular. These suggestions ensure you get effective results and enjoy the experience.
Does Echinacea in tincture form work?
The answer is as old as the plant itself—it works and works very well. Echinacea tincture is considered very effective by people the world over and has been for hundreds of years. If it was ineffective, you can be sure its use would have been abandoned long ago. The determining factors that produce an effective tincture are well documented. The material from which a tincture is made must come from a strong healthy plant that contains the necessary bioactive principles. Should the plant itself be deficient, it follows that the tincture will also be deficient. Three Feathers Farms tests their plants often during the growth cycle to ensure plants are harvested at the peak of perfection. The methods used for extracting essential compounds and processing a premium tincture are very important. Three Feather Farms methods endeavour to maximize all important bioactive principles from specific parts of the plant, primarily the root. Our famous “Tingle” is the result of our plant material and our processes!
Is Echinacea a cure for colds and flu?
Contrary to some claims, Echinacea is not a “cure” for the common cold or flu. There is, to date, no silver bullet for these ailments. Many clinical trials have been undertaken over the years to test the effectiveness of Echinacea products in lessening the symptoms of colds and flu. In many cases the studies have proven the effectiveness of these products while in others it has not shown the desired effect. Most of these studies have been sponsored by various manufacturers of an Echinacea product. The results vary with the composition of the various products tested. . In general, Echinacea is a known and accepted preventative solution, not a cure for these maladies, when taken as directed. At the first sign of cold or flu, these viruses will more often than not fail to gain a foot hold in your system provided the tincture is of high quality. If taken after symptoms are apparent, it may reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms.
What are the most common uses for Echinacea Angustifolia?
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Stimulate and Modulate the immune system
  • Helps to break up mucous that accumulates during upper respiratory infections
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-allergenic
  • Antibiotic
Can echinacea be taken for an extended period of time?
We advise using Echinacea as a preventative at the first sign of illness. We suggest that regular use is a good idea for effective results.
What are the side effects of echinacea?
One of the effects of a “good” tincture is a noticeable numbing sensation in the mouth. This is the effect of the alkylamides. An allergic reaction may be experienced by those allergic to plants in the Daisy family. Those who are allergic to these plants should not take any Echinacea product. You should always check with your doctor to make sure that any other medications you are taking will not be adversely affected by Echinacea. Echinacea is a very safe herb and over its long history, there have been no reports of adverse side effects and reactions from taking the herb orally. There is also no known toxicity.
Why is a tincture better than other preparations of echinacea?
A tincture is generally comprised of all the bioactive compounds from a particular plant that make it effective. Tinctures allow faster absorption of the bioactive principles of the plant than does the encapsulated form of the plant. Capsules must pass through the digestive system in order for the desired components to be absorbed. Read the labels of all natural health products before taking a preparation.
Will echinacea cure the common cold?
As explained above (Does Echinacea tincture work?), if taken after symptoms are apparent, it may reduce both the duration and severity of symptoms but will not cure the problem. Take notice of the signals your body gives you—sore throat, tickle in nose, slight headache, etc. When these signals are present, take heed. You are being put on notice. Unless action is taken quickly, you will be in full blown cold mode by morning! Take our Echinacea as directed and you may be pleasantly surprised at the results. If you ignore the signals and do nothing, your only option is to tough it out.
Why do you only use Echinacea Angustifolia Root in your tincture?
Our research has shown that the most medicinally active plant of the nine known members of the Asteraceae family is Angustifolia.
What makes you different from other companies?
Three Feather Naturals™/Three Feather Farms is vertically integrated, controlling the product from seed to harvest and through post-harvest handling, extraction and quality control. We oversee all aspects of the operation and our controlled growing conditions ensure a consistent product year to year. With ongoing research we hope to improve our product even further.
What does that mean to me as a customer?
We hope it conveys confidence. Three Feather Farms has worked very hard to become your source of excellent quality Echinacea tinctures.
Why does Echinacea purpurea seem so prevalent?
Cost effectiveness is the main reason. Echinacea plants are perennials that re-grow every spring and purpurea plants are the easiest species to grow. Since the active principles are more evenly distributed throughout the plant, the aerial or leafy portions of the plant are harvested much more frequently than are the roots. Growers can harvest the aerial parts of the plant using a modified combine and the plant will continue to grow for several years without having to reseed. This is the most cost effective solution for many growers and for many natural health product companies.
Why is Echinacea purpurea primarily sold in Gel-Cap form?
The most cost effective solution for many producers is simply to encapsulate the dried herb. Other producers may extract the plant, then remove much of the liquid and encapsulate the remaining solid. Read all labels before purchasing any natural health product. The liquid extraction process is expensive and time consuming but allows for proper formulation of an effective product. This is the process Three Feather Farms has chosen.
Why is Echinacea angustifolia not as well known as E. purpurea?
Angustifolia is a very difficult plant to grow since direct field seeding gives dismal germination rates. The traditional method of planting with any success is seedling transplant, a very big job indeed. To further complicate things, Echinacea angustifolia is grown specifically for the root portion of the plant. It follows that in order to harvest the root you have to remove the plants and replace them annually. E. angustifolia is not as popular with growers for precisely this reason. To grow a viable traditional crop year after year, growers must rotate the harvest and beef up the seedling program to ensure that a crop is available annually. This is also a very expensive and time consuming proposition, one we wrestled with for many years—and solved to our satisfaction and your benefit. Our research has determined angustifolia to be a very effective medicinal material and is the primary base of our tinctures.
Why choose Three Feather Products?
Three Feather Farms has developed proprietary cultivation, harvest, post-harvest handling, drying, grinding and extraction methods that ensure we have a very high quality product produced from E. angustifolia. The result is an excellent and reproducible high quality tincture.
What determines TFN's pricing schedule?
You are able to taste the results and reap the benefits of a very carefully made product with our assurance that it is the best it can be. We have evaluated other commercial products extensively and feel our value is justified. You will find that our price schedule is competitive with the market and delivers higher quality consistently. Please contact us for pricing schedules, based on volume we are able to adjust prices accordingly. Think of our Echinacea tincture as you would a fine wine. Great care is taken in plant selection, growing under closely monitored conditions, harvesting the plant under optimal conditions and producing a consistent formulation year to year. What we can share with you is our assurance that our tincture is not easily duplicated.