During my war work there were rushes of work when tap water had to be used to dilute Calendula, but it made no difference. Anyone who was “over there” will understand and forgive this apparent lapse of technique from sterilized water. This fact is worth noting. I do not class Calendula as a germicide, prefering to consider it as a “germ inhibitor,” and I have the keen nose of that inspecting
French General to bear me witness that wounds, even bone injuries, soon become free from any odour. Besides, the patients do not run to fever and the wounds heal up in half the time of those treated with the Carrol-Dakin solution and such- like things, without any of the “burning and itching” so frequently complained of by patients. What more can you ask of my medical agent in a wet dressing?.
Before ending I would recommended Calendula to all dentists after extractions and for other mouth lesions. It will do no harm in the mouth, even when using the strong tincture, and I have greatly helped pyorrhoea cases with is another hint to general systemic disturbance, which is another hint to some specialist to whom I suggest : “Study the body as a whole more and more, or you will cure less and less,” and do this before ordering all the teeth to be extracted.
Messrs. Boericke & Tafel, the homoeopathic chemists of Philadelphia, have stated in their trade journal Jottings that iodine has been discovered in the fresh juice of Calendula. This fact was confirmed for them by some Pennsylvania state analyst. Iodine in infinitesimal solution may, in part, account for some of its efficacy, but being elaborated by nature in conjunction with other healing substances, the plant juice probably works better as God made it and certainly much better than pure chemically prepared iodine. Will this fact encourage orthodoxy to give it a trial ? I hope it may, solely for the good of the patients.
Facts are facts. Calendula had helped man for centuries without any advertising. I beg the careful attention of every lay man and woman reading this to secure at once a bottle of the Calendula tincture for every house. Cork it well, keep it in the dark and in a cool place, and away from strong odours, especially camphor, which will destroy all homoeopathic preparations, and probably all allopathic as well, and your Calendula will keep indefinitely.
But you must buy your supply from a homoeopathic chemist, as our tincture is made from very fresh plant material, from the just-opened flower, and the succulent tips with the half-open flowers heads. These parts are pulped as soon as gathered and macerated in dilute dispensing alcohol, for stronger alcohol will destroy and precipitate the balsams. Then the result is filtered after three weeks macerating and shaking several times daily, and it embodies all the living essentials of the live plants for your service.
Tinctures made from dried plants and herbs have lost many of their virtues, including aromatics and balsams, in the drying. This method of employing practically living plant specimens is universal in homoeopathic pharmacy, there being only a few exceptions due to necessity. The best is none too good for out homoeopathic patrons and anything less would be a crime.