Meet: salendula officinalis – a sun flower
Medicinal properties of calendula in folk and official medicine have long been used, medicinal broths and tinctures based on this amazing plant were used even in the time of Avicenna. Orange-yellow fragrant calendula has a choleretic and diuretic effect, soothes the nervous system, lowers blood pressure and is an anti-inflammatory agent. Ointments and tinctures from calendula were popular in ancient Rome and ancient Greece, in Russia this medicinal plant began to grow since the 12th century.
Calendula tincture – cooking at home
Widely used for medical purposes, calendula is due to its chemical composition. Calendene, carotene, malic and salicylic acid, resins, essential oils and flavonoids – that`s just not a complete list of active substances that give this small bright flower such a pharmacological value. Calendula tincture, the application which is shown for various diseases, has antiseptic and antiviral effect, strengthens the walls of the vessels and promotes skin regeneration. Water tincture of calendula suppresses viral infections, including herpes, alcohol tincture of calendula helps against acne and inflammatory skin diseases.
Infusions on calendula flowers have always been popular. Earlier they were cooked in clay pots right in the Russian stove. Collected inflorescences, poured cold water and tormented on fire for 1 hour. It resulted in a yellow, dense solution that helped with various ailments: scrofula, rickets, stomach spasms, gallbladder and liver diseases, diseases of the cardiovascular system. With his help, healed ulcers, wounds and cuts, rinsed the sore throat. Alcohol Calendula tincture was treated with stomach diseases, colitis and inflammation of the duodenum.
Today, preparations based on calendula can be purchased at any pharmacy. Alcoholic calendula tincture , produced by the pharmaceutical industry, is taken with hypertension as a choleretic agent (10 drops per 50 g of water), in the treatment of furunculosis and small wounds (a teaspoon of tincture for 500 ml of water).
Home Calendula tincture has a weaker concentration, but this does not reduce its beneficial properties. To make it, you need to grind 4 tbsp. spoons of fresh flowers, put in a glass jar and pour a glass of vodka or diluted alcohol (1: 1). Then close the jar with a lid and put it for a week in a cool place.
Water infusion from inflorescences to cook even faster, but it can be stored no more than 2 days, otherwise it will lose its healing properties. Take 4 tbsp. spoons of fresh flowers, pour two glasses of cold water and heat on a water bath for 10-15 minutes. Cool, strain through a sieve or gauze, dilute with water to the initial volume.
Calendula tincture: application
Hypertension . Use alcohol tincture – industrial or prepared at home – 20-30 drops stir with 50 g of boiled water and take 3 times a day for a month. Tincture tones up, normalizes the work of the cardiovascular system, as a result, there is a disappearance of headaches, sleep and working capacity are restored.
Calendula tincture from acne . Helps to get rid of acne and scars left after acne. Wipe the problem areas with alcohol tincture before going to bed, or make a special drying lotion: in 50 g of the drug alcohol tincture of calendula add 2 tbsp. spoons of cold boiled water, a spoonful of 5% solution of boric acid and 3 ml of glycerin. Lubricate the face in the morning and in the evening.
Calendula tincture: throat, thrush, ulcers of the oral mucosa . Dilute a spoonful of alcohol in a glass of water and rinse the mouth and throat with this solution every hour and after eating. To small children gently wipe mouth sores moistened in a solution with a piece of bandage, wound on a finger.
Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and gallbladder . Treatment is carried out according to the following scheme: starting with 20 drops of alcohol Calendula tincture , gradually increase the daily dosage. When you reach 1 tsp – continue taking the drug 2-3 times a day for a month.
Calendula tincture for hair . Get rid of dandruff will help a mixture of tinctures of calendula and castor oil (1: 3), which must be rubbed into the scalp every time before washing. Against hair loss helps herbal infusion from inflorescences (the recipe we cited above): wash your hair and rinse with infusion of calendula. Repeat the procedure 2 times a week for two months.
Gynecology . When erosion, the cervix is assisted by douching – 1 teaspoon of alcohol calendula tincture into a glass of boiled water.
Small, but such a useful calendula is a real”helper” for pharmaceuticals. And, nevertheless, before using it at home, consult a doctor – this will help you avoid mistakes in treatment.
Women`s magazine JustLady