Echinacea/ Goldenseal is an excellent combination of herbs for all kinds of viral & bacterial infections, strengthens the immune system against pathogenic infection by stimulating phagocytosis & T-Cell formation, blood cleansing properties, acne, bronchitis, colds & flu, congestion, psoriasis, tonsillitis, wounds, ear infections and stimulates the immune system.Since 1922, Alvita has been making the finest herb teas money can buy. Pure, natural singles and blends that bring you unsurpassed enjoyment, healthful benefits and complete satisfaction. No less reassuring is our unwavering commitment to the environment. Today, no herb tea company goes as far to protect the Earth and its precious resources-this package and its contents being testimony. There is no plastic shrinkwrap on the outside. The box is 100% recycled board that can be recycled again. The finish is soybean-based. Our tea bags are English Pillow Style, with no strings, tags or staples attached. Even the tea bag paper is recyclable. And all our bags are oxygen bleached, not chlorine bleached, to safeguard you and our ground water. Degradable. Recyclable. Reusable. The key component of each is the word "able". At Alvita, we wholeheartedly believe we are all able to play a key role in preserving the wondrous world we live in. For us, it starts with offering you the most environmentally safe and responsible herb teas possible. A perennial plant native to the United States, Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) was used as a remedy by the Plains Indians more than any other plant. Also known as purple coneflower or black sampson, Echinacea has been used extensively for its many health revered plant by American Indians was the versatile Golden Seal (hydrastis canadensis). Often referred to as "yellow root" they used the brilliant golden juice extracted from its roots as an ornamental dye for their clothes and weapons, paints for their faces, and as a traditional herb for health concerns. Early settlers adopted the use of Golden Seal which along with Echinacea quickly became a mainstay of American herbaliam.