Perhaps you have bought Echinacea at the drug store to help a cold or boost your immune system. It is a big seller and found everywhere. But till now I didn't really know where it came from. These are the coneflowers around here, they have been everywhere, and they attract so many flying things. In these pictures I caught honey bees, carpenter bees, and skipper butterflies enjoying them. The proper name for the coneflower is echinacea. This is from the Greek word for hedgehog, because of the spiky bristles in the middle. Native Americans used it for snake bites, headaches,mumps,colds, you name it. Taking echinacea daily is supposed to reduce your chances of getting cold or flu. In the 1870's, a medicine salesman named H.C.F. Meyer sold a coneflower mixture as a cure for pain, disease, and snakebites. He became one of the first so-called snake oil salesmen. But it made the medical community take notice, and they found some truth to this plant extract claim. The rest is history. Here is the greatest healer of all time.
"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain...and he healed them." Matthew 4:23