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Echinacea mother tincture

Introduction

Mother Nature is always very generous with those who intend to cure and alleviate some common ailments using only medicinal herbs. Even modern herbal medicine is very «generous» with the proponents of natural remedies obtained from plant extracts. The herbal extracts, properly treated and processed, keep all the active ingredients of the mother plant unaltered, allowing them to be taken in a practical and fast way. The range of herbal extracts available is very nourished: from the dry extract to the mother tincture. The latter preparation is obtained from the maceration in water and alcohol of some parts of fresh plants. Alcohol has the property of increasing the effects of the active ingredients of the plant and of obtaining remedies in the form of drops, easily usable by those who have difficulty swallowing the herbal forms obtained from the dry extract of the plant, or capsules and tablets. Among the mother tinctures most used to relieve seasonal ailments such as colds and flu, we find that of echinacea, which contends for the supremacy of sales together with that of propolis. In the following paragraphs we will discover the characteristics and effects of the mother tincture of echinacea.

Features


The mother tincture of echinacea is obtained from the aerial parts and from the root of the homonymous plant, a species belonging to the Asteraceae family and to the Composite genus. Native to North America, echinacea, in its various varieties, has a long stem and a cone-shaped flower head from which very long flower petals branch off with colors ranging from violet pink to pinkish white. The ornamental and herbal interest of this plant is remarkable. As for the latter aspect, it must be said that echinacea was abundantly used by the American Indians, who used it to treat wounds and bites of poisonous snakes. The ancient Indian tribes also attributed miraculous virtues to echinacea. Although not quite miraculous, the virtues of echinacea are proven in the field of modern herbal medicine, which has been able to skillfully «concentrate» them in remedies such as dry extract and mother tincture. The latter is obtained from the maceration, in hydroalcoholic solution, of the roots and the aerial part of the different varieties of echinacea, namely Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Augustifolia and Echinacea Pallida. The mother tincture has an alcoholic strength of 55%, but there are also mother tinctures of echinacea titrated at 25% and usable for external applications.

Uses

Echinacea mother tincture is used to relieve or prevent flu or cold symptoms, such as sore throat, pharyngitis and laryngitis. The use of mother tincture for these diseases is linked to the bacteriostatic and antiviral properties of the plant, which contains echinacoside, a polyphenol, essential oils and high molecular weight polysaccharides with immunostimulating properties. Echinacea also has healing properties, linked precisely to the action of echinacoside. On lesions and wounds you can also apply compresses based on mother tincture of echinacea titrated to 25% and diluted in water. The mother tincture titrated at 55%, given its anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties, can also be used as a mouthwash, to promote the healing of lesions and irritation of the oral cavity (canker sores and gingivitis). For other more important ailments, such as urogenital diseases or fungal diseases, herbalists recommend taking other echinacea-based remedies, because the mother tincture would be suitable only as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory to be used for short periods. The ideal dosage of Echinacea mother tincture is 30 to 40 drops three times a day for up to eight weeks. The drops are taken after pouring them into a glass of water. The ideal dosage of Echinacea mother tincture is 30 to 40 drops three times a day for up to eight weeks. The drops are taken after pouring them into a glass of water. The ideal dosage of Echinacea mother tincture is 30 to 40 drops three times a day for up to eight weeks. The drops are taken after pouring them into a glass of water.

Contraindications

Due to its stimulating properties of the immune system, the mother tincture of echinacea is not recommended for those suffering from allergy to asteraceae and those suffering from autoimmune diseases. Phyto-herbal sources attribute low toxicity to echinacea, but in case of pregnancy, lactation or concomitant pathologies it is better to stop taking the mother tincture. The therapy with mother tincture of echinacea should not in any case exceed two months, to avoid problems of liver toxicity. Given the high alcohol content, the mother tincture of echinacea is also not recommended for those suffering from gastritis and heartburn. Echinacea-based remedies should also be avoided when taking ecoconazole, an antifungal substance whose action is enhanced by echinacea extracts.

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