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Tincture It is a concept from tinctūra, a Latin term. The notion refers to dyeing process and result . This action, meanwhile, refers to granting a certain colour to something.

For example: "Tomorrow I'm going to do my hair at the hairdresser", "I think, this time, the tincture didn't fit me", "Does it take a long time for you to finish the dye?".

The idea of ​​tincture - which, according to the context, is used as a synonym for dye or staining - can also refer to the substance which is used to dye: “Yesterday I bought a violet tincture to color my hair”, "Please call the supplier that we have few dyes left", “My mom challenged me because I dropped the dye on the padding”.

Tinctures may have different characteristics . In ancient times, plant extracts were used to provide color. They were, therefore, natural tinctures . Over the years, the tinctures began to include chemical substances to enhance its characteristics and improve its durability.

It should also be noted that the dyes used to color the hair, to name a case, are very different from those used to dye a garment. The composition of both products It usually has different characteristics according to the needs they must cover.

In the cultures Western, it is common to associate hair dye as an activity of women, although the last decades have brought a certain degree of openness with respect to this and other sexist myths, so that at present it is not so striking to see A man with dyed hair is also not taken as a sign of femininity. The rejection of old age leads us to hide gray hair, and this refusal to accept the passage of time is not exclusive to one sex, but it can affect us all.

On the other hand, hair dyeing does not always have the goal of making us look younger: there are many people who start using this resource simply to change their appearance or to disguise themselves as their favorite characters, among other possibilities. Out of the colors considered "natural ", such as being brown and blond, dye can be offered in as many shades as consumers want, so if what we are looking for is not to take a few years off we can opt for violet, blue, green or orange , going through all we can imagine.

In the field of medicine , dye is called a solution of medicinal substances dissolved in a liquid . An example of these tinctures is the iodine tincture , a solution of diiodine in ethyl alcohol that serves as an antiseptic.

To make a tincture from a plant, it is necessary to take its richest part and let it macerate for a few days in water and alcohol. This is called mother tincture and the most important brands in the market follow these steps, using the plant fresh, without drying out, and taking advantage of the part in which the highest percentage of active ingredient is found, which varies in each plant (they can be its leaves, its root, its stem or its seeds, for example).

After having macerated the plant for several days, the mixture It must sneak in. In this way, a tincture with a high degree of medicinal properties is obtained, so it gives us a series of benefits that are not obtained with less natural processes. To ingest the tincture, it is necessary to administer it in drops; Among the best known are that of milk thistle, fennel, artichoke and passionflower, each with different healing effects.

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