I could not resist harvesting wild echincea flowers, especially because it only makes them grow more and you never kill the plant. I remembered years ago, I raised many echinacea and harvested the roots and as well the flowers and a more of a good thing is always a good thing.
So I made 5 gallons of flowers and roots into 1 tincture and if I looked hard enough, I could probably find a bucket or two that I did 15 years ago and never used.......
It is hard not to harvest some herbs, especially as flowers...I have so much wild st john's wort all around; but no customers---even though they say in Germany st john's root is suppose to be a great herb and a few from that part of the world say they use it for their out of body experiences....about the only use I have for st john's wort is as a powder----it is one of the world's oldest herbs used to stop bleeding...such as when knights in armor would carry the herb in a bag and use it to stuff their sword wounds to stop the blood....and it makes a really cool color tincture.......but herbs you can not sale, makes it so you just make enough for your self or you like to collect such things with hopes 1 day someone might like such things made right.
WITH Echinacea I like the Dr. Richard Schulse theory: shoot a 4 ounce bottle of the tincture once every 3 months as an Immune Booster...........other than that, Echincea has a long history of human health and children's health.
I make tinctures much more potent than anyone else and with the bazaar twist of no water, that no one has ever written about or would try, because herbalist love to sale water.