Whether you have a cough, herpes or an abscess - with a tin hat made of red coneflower you can fight almost anything. Here is a guide to how to make the tincture.Echinacea tincture
The Indians already knew the healing properties of the red coneflower (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 are growing the red coneflower in the garden (reading tip: red coneflower - cultivation and care). And for a very simple reason: the red coneflower is not only particularly attractive, it is also very easy to make a very effective tincture from the medicinal plant.
The effect of Echinacea
In the pharmacy you can buy either the tincture or tablets. Both are suitable for internal use, the diluted tincture is used for external use. Echinacea ointments are also available for external use. But be careful: The medicinal plant has a very high effectiveness, so you should not use the preparations permanently and also discuss the dosage with a doctor or alternative practitioner.
The red coneflower primarily affects the immune system. 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 be careful: if you take Echinacea to strengthen the immune system, the duration of intake should not exceed eight weeks, otherwise it could have the opposite effect.
You can use the preparations externally for herpes, abscesses or boils.
Instructions for making an Echinacea tincture
The tincture is the ideal dosage form for the red coneflower because you can use it both internally and externally. You can either use the rhizome or the herb to make the tincture. If you don't have your own plant in the garden, you can sometimes buy the herb from the herb dealer. You can then take between 10 and 50 drops of the finished tincture up to three times a day. If the tincture is too concentrated, you can also dilute it with a little water.
➥ Step 1:
To make a tincture from 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, strong parts of the plant without brown spots.
2 Step 2:
You have to gently pluck the ray flowers from the flower heads and then cut the heads apart. After stripping off the cup flowers, cut the flower base into thin slices. Then cut the leaves of the coneflower into strips with scissors, halve the stems lengthways and then cut them into small pieces.
3 Step 3:
Now put all parts of the plant in a container with a screw cap and then add as much alcohol (alcohol with at least 50 percent such as vodka, grain, wine spirit) until everything is covered.
4 Step 4:
After sealing, you should let the mixture soak in partial shade for at least four weeks. Some of the sun should come to the container. In between, you should shake the glass from time to time so that everything connects nicely.
5 Step 5:
After a few weeks, you will have to strain the liquid and pour the finished tincture into a brown glass bottle so that it is protected from light. Then label the bottle with the contents and date and store in a dark, cool place.