Marigold mother tincture
Marigold mother tincture is probably the best known by all supporters of phytotherapy, a technique that involves and promotes the use of plants and their extracts, to treat diseases or, even just to maintain physical well-being.
The calendula, in fact, although often used for ornamental purposes, is considered one of the best medicinal plants for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and healing properties.
It is a plant that is part of the Asteraceae family, native to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The name Calendula derives from the Latin word Calendae with which the Romans indicated the first day of the month, since it blooms once a month throughout the summer.
The best known species is calendula officinalis, characterized by the yellow flower tending to orange similar to the daisy flower; the only part of the calendula used for the mother tincture is that of the tops of the flowers, since the leaves are considered toxic.
In addition to medicinal products for external use, calendula tincture is also used in cosmetics, both for emollient creams for adult skin and for the care of children's skin.
HOW YOU GET IT
Marigold mother tincture (also called TM) is obtained by letting the marigold flowers soak for about ten days in a cold solution, made up of alcohol and water, dosed according to the type of plant used. Usually the extraction ratio is 1: 5 with alcohol at 45% vol.
To obtain the mother tincture, fresh flowers are preferred, with at least fifteen centimeters of stem.
After the maceration time, the dye is filtered by squeezing the flowers well, to be sure that all the solution is used.