Marigold mother tincture
The mother tincture of calendula is probably the most well-known by all supporters of phytotherapy, a technique that foresees and promotes the use of plants and their extracts, to cure diseases or, even just for the maintenance of physical well-being.
Marigold, in fact, although often used for ornamental purposes, is considered one of the best medicinal plants for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and healing properties.
It is a plant that is part of the Asteraceae family, native to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The name Calendula comes from the Latin word Calendae with which the Romans indicated the first day of the month, since it blooms once a month throughout the summer.
The most known species is the calendula officinalis, characterized by the yellow flower tending to orange similar to the daisy flower; the only part of the calendula used for mother tincture is that of the tops of the flowers, since the leaves are considered toxic.
In addition to medicines for external use, tincture of calendula is also used in cosmetics, both for emollient creams for adult skins, and for children's skin care.
HOW TO OBTAIN IT
The mother tincture of calendula (also called TM) is obtained by allowing the marigold flowers to soak for about ten days in a cold solution, composed of alcohol and water, dosed according to the type of plant used. Usually the extraction ratio is 1: 5 with alcohol at 45% vol.
To obtain the mother dye fresh flowers are preferred, with at least fifteen centimeters of stem.
Once the maceration time is over, the dye is filtered by squeezing the flowers well, to make sure that the whole solution is exploited.
A very frequent use of calendula mother tincture is to regularize the flow of the menstrual cycle, whether it is very abundant or very scarce.
For external use, then, tincture of calendula is used to alleviate redness of the skin, such as diaper rash, or due to inflammation of the female genital tract, candidiasis and vaginitis.
Very suitable also for post partum intimate hygiene, thanks to the healing and at the same time emollient effects of calendula.
It is also very recommended for the treatment of acne, since its active ingredients favor its rapid absorption on the skin, so it is often indicated for the cleaning of youthful skin, both female and male.
It is also possible to make an internal use of calendula mother tincture, using drops diluted in water, taken two or three times a day for those who have problems with hypertension or difficult digestion; or, the cytoprotective effect of calendula acts on the gastric mucosa with anti-ulceral properties.
If there are mouth ulcers or mouth ulcers or gingivitis, the marigold tint, diluted in water, is one of the best solutions to make rinses or gargles.
Due to the presence of carotenes, calendula is also indicated as a protection against the damage of sun rays on the skin but, being a hydro-alcoholic solution, its use in direct contact with the sun is not recommended.
Finally, the calendula mother tincture is used as a natural disinfectant especially on the skin of newborns and, specifically, in cleaning the umbilical cord.
METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION
For an internal use of the calendula mother tincture, it is good to pour ten or fifteen drops in a glass of water and repeat the procedure three times a day. This also applies if the calendula is used as an intimate cleanser to perform daily rinses.
When, on the other hand, the calendula mother tincture is used for external use, it is advisable to pour a 20% concentrated solution into sterile water.
In the case of acne treatment, just dilute a small dose of tincture in water, and apply it on pimples, dabbing with a cotton ball. For this use, and also to treat burns or wounds and rashes, it is necessary to respect the ratio 1:10 (a drop of dye for 10 drops of water).
In case of inflammation of the gums or mouth and throat, the mother tincture can be used to gargle, always diluted in a small amount of water.
If the calendula is then used to disinfect the umbilical cord of the newborn, simply insert a cotton swab into the mother tincture and then slide it over the stump. This solution will certainly be more suitable than all chemical disinfectants on the market.
WHERE IT IS AND HOW MUCH IT COSTS
Calendula mother tincture is readily available in all herbalists or pharmacies specializing in natural products. Wide range of choice is also online, on sites specialized in homeopathy and use of medicinal plants.
Generally the mother tincture is sold in 50 ml dropper bottles at an approximate price of about ten euros, although it may vary depending on the brand and the store.
Even if the costs of the solution are limited, it is possible to experiment with the recipe of mother tincture of calendula. It is necessary to collect the right amount of marigold flowers and then remove the leaves from the flowers. The latter can be either left whole, or ground with a blender or pounded in a mortar.
In the latter case, once a slurry is obtained, pour it into a dark glass bottle, with ethanol diluted with water up to 75 degrees, for a more antiseptic dye, or diluted up to 35 degrees for a more anti-inflammatory dye.
It is necessary to macerate the solution in the dark for at least three weeks, remembering to shake the bottle every day, so as to prevent deposits from being created and the alcohol and calendula components to mix continuously. You will notice a color change after a few days.
After three weeks, filter the mixture with a sieve several times and then with a paper filter. Then pour the whole thing into clean bottles, always in dark glass, hermetically sealed.
Calendula mother tincture is long-lasting if kept in a cool, dark place.
To date there are no known side effects or contraindications associated with the use of calendula mother tincture; however, it is always good to note any allergic reactions.