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Echinacea mother tincture
Echinacea is a polyennial herbaceous plant, which rests during the winter to reappear from spring until late autumn; flowering takes place in the middle of summer, in the months of June, July and August. Native to North America, this plant belongs to the immense family of composites and is widespread especially in the coastal areas of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachians; it grows both in the plains and in the mountains up to an altitude of 1500 meters. Echinacea belongs to the “asteraceae” family, a type of plants widely used in herbal preparations and as ornamental garden plants. It grows quietly in every type of terrain, the important thing is that it is sunny and does not suffer from drought. With its flowers very similar to wild daisies, the echinacea has a thick and erect stem, high from fifty to one hundred and fifty centimeters and is generally quite branched and hairy; the flowers have different colors ranging from yellow to violet to orange. Known since ancient times, echinacea was much appreciated by Native Americans who already used it in the 1700s frequently for the preparation of remedies and medicated ointments. In the past, its uses were the most diverse: it was used as an antidote for poisonous snake bites, echinacea was also used to treat toothache and as an anesthetic for more or less intense pains. In Europe and Asia the spread of this plant is much more recent than in the areas of America where it was used even centuries ago: however, since the scientific world has discovered the extraordinary properties of echinacea, this plant is experiencing a diffusion capillary all over the world. It is mainly used in the phytotherapeutic field and in the form of mother tincture.
When to use the echinacea mother tincture
The echinacea mother tincture is widely used in the infectious forms of the respiratory system, influences, bronchitis and flu states of bacterial origin (the active ingredients of this plant, in fact, have excellent antibacterial properties and are able to effectively combat parainfluenza viruses). In addition to performing this valuable antibacterial function, the mother echinacea tincture also has positive effects on the immune system: it stimulates the body's defenses and indirectly helps it fight infectious diseases. Not only: this precious mother tincture has an active ingredient called "echinacoside" which is used to treat wounds and which has a dual action: if on one hand it prevents the occurrence of infections, on the other it facilitates rapid healing. The mother tincture is not the only formula in which it is possible to find the principle of echinacea: in fact, the dry extract, the fluid extract and the essential oil used mainly for the epidermis are easily found on the market. All of these preparations are widely used in herbal medicine.
How to use the echinacea mother tincture
The echinacea mother tincture can be purchased in all herbalists or in those pharmacies that also sell homeopathic medicines. It is found in comfortable bottles from which it is distilled drop by drop; depending on the preparation, the bottles contain a different concentration of the active ingredient to be used for different purposes. When it is intended for internal use, the echinacea mother tincture is used in this way: in a glass of water the necessary drops are diluted (generally ranging from a minimum of twenty to a maximum of forty drops) and you drink two or three times per day. When instead it is used for external use, the mother tincture should be equally diluted in water (preferably sterile), but it is applied using packs of sterile gauze soaked in liquid. When used to medicate and soothe wounds or external infections, it is preferable to use the mother tincture with a concentration of 25%.
Beneficial effects and side effects of mother tincture
Echinacea is a plant that is often used to cure but gives the best of itself in preventing infections and cooling states. Taken regularly for medium to long periods, it performs a beneficial action on the immune system and helps to combat seasonal ailments: when the first cold starts, a treatment based on mother tincture or echinacea tablets is therefore recommended, since the benefits will be seen in the long run. This plant has no relevant side effects, however it should be used paying attention to any allergies towards plants belonging to the Asteraceae family. There are also risks related to excessive or prolonged intake over time: the preparations based on the echinacea plant, in fact, should not be taken at too high dosages or for more than eight weeks, since their use could cause stomach upset and liver problems. Unlike all the other dyes, then, the echinacea mother tincture can be safely used during pregnancy or during breastfeeding. Children can also use it, which will gain important advantages such as strengthening the immune defenses in the constitution. The epidermis is disinfected by echinacea, a plant that has a remarkable healing effect: applied to wounds disinfects and promotes a speedy recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, just ask your herbalist for information.