Do you know the healing power of daisy? The small flowers contain many vitamins and minerals and have an anti-inflammatory and mucolytic effect. They can be used both internally and externally against colds and skin problems. A daisy tincture captures the active ingredients of the flowers and makes them last for months, so that you can also use them outside the flowering season.
However, tinctures are usually mixed with alcohol so that they cannot be used for children or sensitive skin. Tinctures based on sodium bicarbonate are more suitable in these cases. Baking soda dissolved in water can be used for the extraction of active plant substances, just like a brine. The household remedy sodium bicarbonate is also particularly inexpensive and may be available in your kitchen cupboard anyway.
Sodium tincture with daisies
Sodium bicarbonate is ideally suited as a gentle extractant for a basic tincture. The acid-balancing, antseptic properties of the substance were already used by the ancient Egyptians to treat small wounds as well as athlete’s foot, heartburn, colds and many other ailments.
A sodium tincture with the active ingredients of the daisy combines the healing properties of both components. It is very easy to prepare with the following ingredients:
- 25 g sodium bicarbonate
- 25 g daisy blossoms
- 100 ml water
This is how the tincture is prepared:
- Carefully shake out the daisy to remove insects and foreign bodies. Pinch off the stems directly under the flower heads.
- Place the flowers together with the sodium bicarbonate in a 200 millilitre glass which can be closed, pour in water and stir well.
- Let it be extracted for about a week. Shake daily to accelerate the removal of the active ingredients and to prevent mould.
- Strain the finished tincture through a fine-meshed sieve, tea filter or nut milk bag and fill into a tincture or spray bottle, depending on use.
Note: As there is more sodium bicarbonate in the water than is necessary for a saturated solution, part of it settles on the ground. If the sodium bicarbonate dissolves completely during the extraction time, add a little more. At room temperature, the tincture can be kept for up to three months.
Daisy Tincture application and dosage
Daisy tincture can be used externally for small wounds, insect bites and skin impurities. Dab undiluted onto the affected area of the skin (for example with a homemade cosmetic pad) or spray on with a spray bottle and allow to dry.
One tablespoon of the tincture, diluted with a sip of water, can be used as mouthwash and for throat pain gargling. Then spit it out. Repeat the application if necessary.
As daisy tea, the plant also has a particularly beneficial effect on colds and flu-like infections.
Tip: The daisy is even popular as a healthy ingredient in the kitchen. For example, you can refine curd or jelly with its sweetish nutty taste.