Echinacea purpurea produces daisy like flowers with pink-purple petals radiating from conical centres that are at their best across Scotland in September and October.
All parts of the plant, the leaves, flowers, and roots, can be used to make tea. A staple in herbal medicine, echinacea is known for its ability to fight infections, particularly colds and flu. It contains vitamins A, B, and E, as well as minerals including iron and calcium.
To make echinacea tea, add half a teaspoon of fresh flowers, leaves, or chopped roots to 240ml of boiling water, and let it brew for 5 minutes. Strain to remove the flowers or leaves before drinking, and enjoy!