The Content Of The Article:
- The effect of Echinacea
- Instructions for making an echinacea tincture
Whether cough, herpes or an abscess - with a tincture of red coneflower you get almost everything. Here is a guide to making the tincture.
Even the Indians knew the healing properties of the red sun hat (also known as echinacea) and used the plant as medicine. Now, however, more and more hobby gardeners are discovering this up to two-meter high perennial for themselves and cultivate the red sun hat themselves in the garden (reading tip: Red sun hat - cultivation and care). And for a very simple reason: the Red Coneflower is not only particularly attractive, from the medicinal plant can also be easily create a very effective tincture.
The effect of Echinacea
In the pharmacy you get either the tincture or tablets to buy. Both are suitable for internal use, for external application the diluted tincture is used. For external use also Echinacea ointments are offered. But attention: The medicinal plant has a very high effectiveness, so you should not use the preparations permanently and discuss the dosage with a doctor or naturopath.
First and foremost, the red sun hat has an impact on the immune system. So you can take Echinacea preventively to strengthen the immune system, because the active ingredients inhibit both viruses and bacteria. If you are already ill, the red coneflower promotes the formation of antibodies. But beware: take Echinacea to strengthen the immune system, so the duration of use should not exceed eight weeks, otherwise could have an opposite effect.
Externally, you can use the preparations by the way for herpes, abscesses or boils.
Instructions for making an echinacea tincture
The tincture is the ideal dosage form of the red sun hat, because you can apply it both internally and externally. To make the tincture you can either use the rhizome or the herb. If you do not have your own plant in the garden, you can sometimes buy the herb from the herbalist. From the finished tincture you can then take up to three times a day between 10 and 50 drops. If the tincture is too concentrated, you can dilute it with a little water.
➥ Step 1:
To make a tincture of the fresh plant, you should collect the stems from the flowering plant between July and September. Important: the plant must be at least two years old. In addition, you should only use healthy, vigorous plant parts without brown spots.
➥ Step 2:
From the flower heads you have to gently pluck the ray flowers and then split the heads. After wiping off the cup flowers, cut the flower bottom into thin slices. Then cut the leaves of the sunhat into strips with scissors, halve the stems longitudinally and then cut them into small pieces.
➥ Step 3:
Place all plant parts in a container with screw cap and then add as much alcohol (at least 50% alcohol such as vodka, grain, spirit) until covered.
➥ Step 4:
After sealing you should leave the mixture in partial shade for at least four weeks. There should be some sun on the container. In between you should always shake the glass well, so that everything connects nicely.
➥ Step 5:
After a few weeks, you will have to strain the liquid and put the finished tincture in a brown glass bottle to protect it from light. Then label the bottle with contents and date and store in a dark, cool place.