Echinacea tincture – Tips for my garden



Mother Nature is always very generous to those who claim to cure and alleviate some common ailments using only herbal medicines. Even modern herbal medicine is very “generous” with advocates of natural remedies derived from plant extracts. Herbal extracts, properly processed and processed, retain all the active ingredients of the parent plant unchanged, making it convenient and quick to take them. The range of plant extracts available is very wide: from dry extract to mother tincture. This last preparation is obtained from the maceration in water and alcohol of certain parts of fresh plants. Alcohol has the property of increasing the effects of the active principles of the plant and obtaining remedies in the form of drops, easily usable by those who have difficulty swallowing 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 disputes the supremacy of sales with that of propolis. In the following paragraphs we will discover the characteristics and effects of Echinacea tincture.


Echinacea mother tincture is obtained from the aerial parts and root of the homonymous plant, a species belonging to the Asteraceae family and the Composite genus. Native to North America, Echinacea, in its different varieties, has a long stem and a cone-shaped flower head from which very long flower petals in colors ranging from purple pink to pinkish white emerge. The ornamental and herbaceous interest of this plant is remarkable. Regarding this last aspect, it must be said that echinacea was widely used by the American Indians, who used it to treat wounds and poisonous snake bites. The ancient Indian tribes also attributed miraculous virtues to echinacea. Even if it’s not quite miraculous, The virtues of echinacea are proven in the field of modern herbal medicine, which has skilfully “concentrated” 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 alcohol content of 55%, but there are also mother tinctures of echinacea titrated at 25% and usable in external applications.


Echinacea tincture is used to relieve or prevent cold or flu 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, precisely linked to the action of echinacoside. On wounds and wounds you can also apply compresses based on echinacea mother tincture titrated at 25% and diluted in water. The mother tincture titrated at 55%, given its anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties, can also be used in mouthwash. to promote the healing of lesions and irritations of the oral cavity (thrush and gingivitis) For other more serious conditions, such as urogenital diseases or fungal diseases, herbalists recommend taking other echinacea remedies, as the mother tincture would only be suitable as a disinfectant and anti-inflammatory to use over short periods. The ideal dose of echinacea 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 dose of echinacea 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 dose of echinacea 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.

Due to its immunostimulating properties, Echinacea mother tincture is not recommended for people allergic to Asteraceae and people with 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. Treatment with the mother tincture of echinacea should in no case exceed two months, to avoid problems of liver toxicity. Due to its high alcohol content, echinacea tincture is also not recommended for people with gastritis and heartburn. Echinacea remedies should also be avoided when taking ecoconazole, an antifungal substance whose action is enhanced by echinacea extracts.

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