Traditionally, annual mugwort is used in herbal tea. However, for better extraction of the active ingredients, we will use alcohol (that is to say a mother tincture), but also fatty solutions. Artemisinin in particular is fat soluble.
This is why it is interesting to infuse the plant in a solution containing lipids to extract a maximum of the active ingredients from the plant. And what better than coconut milk to make such a preparation! It will make it possible to extract 80% of the artemisinin while water extracts only 25%.
1 - Place a tablespoon of dried annual mugwort or, fresh if you have grown it with our seeds, at the bottom of a mug.
2 - Simmer 200 ml of coconut milk in a saucepan. If your budget does not allow you to use coconut milk and if you consume dairy products, you can use organic whole milk.
3 - Pour the milk over the plant • in the cup. Cover immediately. Leave to infuse for 4 hours: a long maceration is necessary for optimal extraction.
4 - Pass through a colander then using a spoon, crush the plant to soften above the cup, to extract the juice.
Another advice for use with butter.
- Pour three glasses of water or whole milk in a small saucepan. If you choose milk, it is essential that it is whole.
- Wait for the liquid to boil. It is essential to be patient and to follow our instructions in order, otherwise you may spoil the product and lose therapeutic effects.
- Add two spoonfuls of butter. Regardless of the brand, the important thing is that it is organic butter, the kind used to spread on bread. If you have opted for whole milk, no need to add butter: go directly to the next step.
- Add the equivalent of a tablespoon of dry or fresh artemisia.
- It is very important to stir the contents regularly to prevent the plant from sticking to the edge of the pot. It should cook slowly in its center.
The main interest of this infusion is to extract as many active ingredients as possible from the plant. As artemisinin alone is not soluble in water, the addition of fat is necessary to allow its dissolution when subjected to very high temperatures. Thus, by adding butter - or whole milk - to boiling water, artemisinin and other active ingredients can be drunk in the final infusion without unwanted green lumps floating on the surface.
- Let the mixture boil over high heat for at least 30 minutes. The longer you wait, the more principles you extract. We advise you to wait 30 to 40 minutes for an optimal extraction.
It is essential to keep an eye on the liquid: on high heat, it evaporates quickly and there is a risk that it will evaporate completely. Stir the mixture every few minutes. Add a little water / milk if necessary, if you feel that it is evaporating too quickly.
- Once the required 30 minutes have passed, filter the water / milk through a colander, pouring into a cup or container large enough to contain all the liquid. The active ingredients are now fully concentrated in the butter contained in the water or in the fat of the milk. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes so that it cools a bit.
- The infusion can be drunk as is if you like it, or you can add a bag of your favorite tea to it. You can also add a little sugar or ice cubes. AND THERE YOU GO ! ALL YOU GET TO TASTE YOUR INFUSION.
Finally the extraction to make a mother tincture.
A mother tincture is an extract of fresh plant (s) obtained by maceration of chopped plants in alcohol. Mother tinctures are particularly effective in extracting essential plant components from plants (especially those that are fibrous or woody like mugwort annua), roots and resins. Books on natural remedies and plants often recommend this method, because it allows optimal conservation of the active ingredients of each plant.
Many herbalists like to use mother tinctures because they have many other advantages: they are easy to carry and useful for long-term treatments, the body absorbs them quickly and they allow an immediate change in dosage. Also, if the mother tincture is bitter, you can easily hide the taste by pouring it into a little fruit juice. Another advantage: its soluble form provides a stable environment for the active elements of the plant, retaining even the volatile and semi-volatile ingredients of the latter. Ingredients which are normally destroyed if the extract is obtained by heat treatment and processing of dried plants.
1- Buy quality alcohol. Vodka is the preferred alcohol for mother tincture preparers. Indeed, this alcohol is colorless, odorless and has almost no taste. You can also use brandy (cognac), rum or whiskey if you don't have vodka. Whatever the alcohol, choose an alcohol at least 40% to prevent the plant from molding inside the bottle.
You can also make a mother tincture using quality apple cider vinegar or glycerin. These alternatives may be more suitable for the patient who refuses to drink alcohol.
2 - Use an appropriate container. It should be glass or ceramic. Avoid metal or plastic containers, as these may interact with the mother tincture or release dangerous chemicals over time. Preserving jars are ideal for macerating plants. You will also need small, opaque glass bottles to store the tincture when ready to use. Choose bottles with airtight closures, but practical to use. Clean and sterilize all containers before use.
3 - Prepare the mother tincture. You can prepare the mother tincture following the recommended steps or as usual. The method that works best for you is up to you. You should also know if you want to use fresh, powdered, or dried Artemisia annua. Here are some suggestions depending on whether you want to use fresh, powdered or dried plants:
Fill the glass container with fresh artemisia annua. Cover them with alcohol.
Mix 120 g of powdered artemisia annua in 500 ml of alcohol (or vinegar / glycerin).
Mix 200g of dried artemisia annua in 1 liter of alcohol (or vinegar / glycerin).
4 - Using a butter knife, stir the liquid around the edge of the container to expel all air bubbles.
5 - Close the container tightly. Place it in a cool, dark place (the best place is a closet shelf). Store it there for a period of 8 days to 1 month.
Shake the container regularly. Humbart Santillo recommends shaking it twice a day over a 14-day period while James Wong recommends shaking it every now and then.
Label the macerating tincture with the name of the plant and the date of manufacture. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
6 - Pass the mother tincture to Chinese. Once the maceration time has elapsed (regarding the maceration time, follow the instructions in your recipe or do it according to your habit. Otherwise, let macerate for two weeks), pass the mother tincture to the Chinese by following the instructions below:
Place a piece of muslin in the colander. Place a large bowl below it to collect the liquid.
Gently pour the macerated liquid into the strainer covered with muslin. The muslin will keep the plant pieces while still allowing the liquid to flow into the bowl below.
Squeeze the plant pieces with a wooden or bamboo spoon to extract even more liquid, finally, wring out the muslin to extract the rest of the liquid from the plants.
7 - Transfer the liquid to a cleaned and sterilized bottle of mother tincture. You can use a small funnel if your hands are shaking. Seal the bottle tightly and label it with the date and name of the tincture.
If you are not going to use the mother tincture for a while, you may want to seal the bottle with wax.
8 - Storage and use. Since alcohol is a preservative, the shelf life of the tincture is 5 years. However, you need to know the properties of each plant and follow the instructions in your recipe for the shelf life of the mother tincture.
Follow the instructions for use appropriate to your mother tincture and do not hesitate to consult a qualified and competent herbalist or the Biologically laboratory for more information.
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