There are several methods for the preparation of plant
tinctures but the more current is the alcoholic maceration.
The medicinal plant tinctures are macerated in a
liquid, generally ethyl alcohol (spirit of wine) at 60º.
There is some that prefers to make the tinctures
with dry plants in warm temperature in appropriate apparel called Soxhlet, which allows
obtaining the tinctures in some hours. Whenever it is possible, we preferred to prepare
them at cold temperature, in alcoholic maceration, using fresh plants picked at a certain
occasion, since they have more virtue.
Under maceration, the medium proportion between
the dry plants and the liquid is, generally, of 1:5, that is to say, in order to prepare
1000 ml of tincture; it is necessary to have 200 g of dry plants.
Pick, at a suitable season, of the plants that
you choose either the roots flowers or fruits, as per what is indicated for each case, and
that you want to do the tincture with.
If you take the roots, wash them very well with
water and dry them with a very clean cotton cloth.
Cut the plants in pieces or mill them in a
kitchen electrical machine. Consecutively, pour them in a glass flask, with a large mouth
and with the capacity of 1 litre.
The plants should not surpass 3/4 of the height
of the flask. Pave them lightly. Pour in the spirit of wine, well rectified to 60º, so
that the spirit is 4 or 5 cm above the level of the plant materiel.
Close the flask well and let to macerate for 10
days. If you don't need soon of the tincture, let to macerate 20 or 30 days. As the fresh
plants contain water, the graduation of the spirit will devaluate slightly. It would be
preferable, that the spirit of wine has more than 60º.
Once this period of time has passed, prepare for
decantation and pour the tincture in another flask of the same size. After having drained
the whole liquid, remove the plants soaked in spirit of wine and place them in a clean
cotton cloth. Squeeze very well the tincture that still remains in the plants over a wide
recipient, so that the plants have release almost all of their tincture.
Pour this tincture over the other. Now, place in
the first flask a glass or plastic funnel, with cotton to filter. Pour little by little,
the tincture in the funnel. Close well the flask that contains the tincture. Remove the
residues that were in the cotton of the funnel and join it to the plants.
Dry them in the sun. When they are very dry, put
them in an iron frying pan and incinerate them. This operation should be made in the out
doors since a great amount of smoke is exhales from the incineration.
Pick up the ashes; put them in a small stainless
steel porringer and place it on a gas stove with a very strong fire.
Calcinate them very well for at least one hour or
longer, until their colour has become of a very clear ash.
Now, with the grey hot ashes, pour them in
successive fractions on your tincture and close the flask. Let them for one week and shake
the flask circularly once a day.
At the end of this period, filter into another
flask through a glass or plastic funnel with cotton to filter.
Remove the residue that is left in the funnel and
calcinate it again, as previously, and pour it, still hot, on the tincture. Repeat the
process once again. In the last filtering, reject the caput that remains at the bottom of
The tincture, now, will be stout and perfumed.
Keep it in the dark, in a tightly closed flask, sheltered from the light.
If you want to increase its healing value, you
will have to circulate it in a suitable vase called circulation vase or incubator. You
will do this in the beginning, when you pour for the first time the hot ashes in the
Formerly, the masters used, for this effect, a
very special vase, called pelican. Today, unhappily, it won't be possible for you to get a
pelican. You will have to use a circulating vase composed of a matrass of plane bottom or
1 litre Erlenmeyer, with another spherical 250 ml with wheelwork male IN29, installed neck
in to neck of the bottom matrass.
The circulation will occur on itself. Leave it
during one week with soft heat 40 to 50º, (degree) on a small electric oven with a
At this temperature, the spirit of wine will
volatilise and condense in the upper balloon, and return by drops in the lower balloon
again creating like this a circulation. If the temperature is too high, you will take the
risk of creating to much pressure inside the glass and therefore push the upper balloon
out of its socket connector with the bottom flask. To avoid this, you can order the glass
blower to place a vent with a capillary tube at the top of the upper balloon.
This tincture can be taken in drops of
The homeopathic dynamization is better known than the circulation, because the science of homeopathy makes
wide use of it.
The dynamization is not a simple break-up, as
they say, but a potentialisation. With the dynamization, the therapeutic potency is
deliberately almost immaterialized. The material substance, the more " diluted "
it is, the more energetic it becomes.
There are actually two types of dynamization: decimal
In a glass flask,
of 100 ml, well washed with distilled water, pour 90 ml of alcohol diluted down to 30º
with distilled water.
With a graduate syringe, well washed with
distilled water, remove 10 ml of the tincture from the mother flask (TM), and pour it in
the flask with the 30o alcohol.
Close the flask and do at least, 100 vertical and
Also instead of that, you can pour in a smaller
flask, well washed 90 drops of alcohol and 10 of TM. Shake as previously, at least 100
times. You will have, like this, the first dynamization or D1.
Pour in another flask again, well washed with
distilled water, more 90 ml of alcohol at 30º. Pour in 10 ml of D1. Shakes vertically 100
times. You will have now a dynamization D2. Always repeated the same process, until you
obtain the dynamization that you intend.
In the centesimal dynamization, the process is
similar. Instead of pouring 90ml of alcohol, pour 99 ml to 1 ml of TM or 99 drops of
alcohol and 1 of TM. At the end of the first dynamization, you will have a C1 or CH1 and
like this successively, to C2.