This article shows the way to prepare homeopathic mother tincture from Crataegus oxyacantha in domestic conditions. The usefulness of Crataegus as homeopathic remedy was subject of another article. This one treats the practical steps for preparation of the homeopathic mother tincture.
The full time for the ready-to-use tincture is two weeks. Autumn is the most appropriate season for this tincture, because this is when the hawthorn berries grow ripe.
300 grams fresh ripe fruits from common hawthorn. Collect them when their color is dark red – usually the second half of September in the areas with temperate climate in the Northern hemisphere. The picking of berries is best to be done during the brightest part of a sunny day.
600 ml pure alcohol – spirits from the pharmacy with concentration of 95 percent.
For the saturation – container (jar or bowl) from dark glass with a cover that fits tightly to the container.
For the squashing – wooden board and a wide knife or massive sieve spoon.
A sieve and a filter.
For preservation of the tincture – dark glass bottle or jar; with firm cover.
Squash the fresh fruits to a pulp. During this process you will notice that they are quite astringent and thick. Place the smashed pulp into the container.
Pour the spirits over the pulp. Press it firmly to the bottom of the container. The pulp should be entirely under the liquid. Now is the time to check the weight of the liquid together with the macerated fruit pulp; write it down in your pad.
The container must be firmly covered and put on a place without direct sunlight; no damp, no smoke, or dust, or warmth. Every day it should be well shaken. The time for saturation is up to two weeks.
When the time is up, filtrate the tincture and pour it into the bottle where it will be preserved. Press the pulp, and filter the remaining liquid; add it into the bottle.
Measure the tincture again – part of the spirits has been evaporated. Fill up to the initial quantity (see your pad for reference).
The so prepared homeopathic mother tincture from Crataegus oxyacantha must be preserved in a dry cool place, tightly covered. It may be accepted directly or can be an initial source for preparation of the homeopathic remedy.