he Echinacea plant is a flowering plant part of the daisy family. It’s native to North America where they grow in prairies and open, wooded areas. Altogether, this group has nine species, but only three are used in herbal supplements — Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida. Extracts of echinacea have been shown to have an effect on the immune system, your body’s defense against germs. Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections. A review of several studies found the herbal remedy had a very slight benefit in preventing colds. If you want to help your body during the pandemic pandemonium, consider using herbal remedies to boost your immune system. Be sure to consult your doctor first.