Snooze Tincture

Herbal Mixes: Snooze Tincture, Organic

Naturally Caffeine Free: Lemon Balm, Catnip, Chamomile Flower, Passionflower, Oatstraw, and Hops.

The most useful and appreciated remedy in our house is called Snooze Tincture. There’s a bottle of it in every room. It goes on every trip with us. Snooze Tincture is a combination of herbs that are both good for you and calming. These herbs have no negative effect on my children, no addicting properties, and no side effects. This valuable tincture is easy to make, so the last time I made a batch, I recorded the process for any moms out there that have... normal children!

I find that this tincture seems to soothe my babies’ tummies when they have colic, and it also has a calming effect on my older children. As mentioned in the Emotional Remedies section of The ABC Herbal, the combination of nervine herbs such as these can work miracles after an emotional upset or stressful experience. Adults and children can quickly regain their calm and feel noticeably better only minutes after taking this tincture. The premix does NOT include valerian root because it is can be too strong for small children. If you are making this tincture for adults, purchase valerian herb separately and add to the pre-mix. Hops herb tastes BAD, so this mix is not as good as a tea.

As mentioned in the Emotional Remedies section of The ABC Herbal, the combination of nervine herbs such as these, can work miracles after an emotional upset or dramatic / stressful experience. Adults and children can quickly regain their calm and noticeably feel better only minutes after taking this tincture.


Day 1:
* Fill a quart jar 1/3 full of the premixed herbs.
* Top off jar with vodka, screw on lid.
* Keep in a dark and cool place for 2 weeks. Shake mixture once a day.

Day 14
* Strain your vodka/herb tincture through cheesecloth, removing all the herb particles. The remaining liquid should be brown. Set pulp aside.
* Strain the glycerine / herb tincture while it is still warm, so that the glycerine is very fluid. Set pulp aside.
* Take the herb pulp from both mixtures and place it in pressure cooker with just enough water to saturate it. Pressure the pulp for 10 minutes. Note: This step is optional if you don’t have a pressure cooker.
* Strain the pressure cooker pulp and throw away the pulp.
* Mix the 3 different tinctures together and allow it to cool to room temperature.
* Pour into quart jars for storing or into tincture bottles if you have them. Label, and keep in a dark, cool place. This mixture, including the alcohol tincture should be good for up to 3 years. Without the alcohol, a year is the standard life expectancy.
* Make sure to label your jars clearly with the contents, the date, and your name.

Glycerin Tincture
* Fill crock-pot 1/3 full of the premixed herbs. (If you have any left over, or don’t want to make such a huge batch, you can keep the extra premixed herbs in an air tight bag, clearly labeled for up to a year. I make a huge batch to give away to friends and family.).
* Pour hot water over herbs, mixing with a spoon, until herb mix is damp - not soaked.
* Pour glycerine over herbs until crock-pot is full (Appr. 1 inch from rim), stir well, and cover with lid. This will take about 2 quarts of glycerine; don’t worry if it takes a little more or less.
* Heat on low for 3 days. Stir occasionally.

NOTE: If your crock-pot gets too hot on low, the herbs will smell like they are "cooking" and turn dark and strong smelling within 24 hours. This will not ruin the tincture, but it does speed up the process, and may not be quite as effective as a slow heat. My crock-pot got too hot, so after 42 hours, I went ahead and strained the mixture, and it was fine. You can also water bath the herb mixture by putting the herb/ glycerine mixture in a jar with lid, in hot water on the stove for 3 days. The idea is to break down the herbs so that the properties are in the glycerine. You have succeeded when the mixture becomes dark and strong smelling.

NOTE: Many people make only a glycerine tincture, or only an alcohol tincture. Each process is valuable and abstracts properties from the herbs that the other method may not be as successful in abstracting. Finally, the pressure cooker abstracts even more. I like to do all three and mix them for a stronger final result. I tested the mixture on myself before I gave it to my children. I discovered that 3 droppers full sent me to sleep pretty quickly. 1 dropper for my baby, and up to 2 droppers for my 4 year old.

For more information on making tinctures using alcohol or glycerine, see the Preparing Remedies page. The following books have been our best references on making our own tinctures at home over the years:

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • The Snooze Tincture can be used to benefit men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), and children.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most herbs, this mixture should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is great, but certainly not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.
  • Follow the same instructions for storage after you make it into a tincture. We do not use any bottles in particular, but recycle empty glass bottles, whenever possible.
  • An alcohol tincture (extract) doesn't taste the greatest but is the most effective way to draw out the goodness of the herbs, and are the easiest to make. For those two reasons alone, alcohol tinctures are the industry standard in all ready-made store bought tinctures. They also keep the longest (at least 2 years).
  • Glycerine tinctures (or glycerites), though not as effective, are much more palatable with their sweet flavor. However, they will only keep for up to one year or so.
  • A combination of both alcohol and glycerine has the benefits of both (effectiveness, sweet flavor, and longer shelf life).
  • This dry herb mixture can be brewed into a tea. It's not as effective as the tincture, but it can help nonetheless.
  • The mixture could be ground up into powder and encapsulated, as some folks simply prefer capsules.

Customer Reviews

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better than any prescription medication
by Emily on Apr 15, 2014

I was on Trazodone 25mg for about three months and decided I was tired of depending on prescription medications for my well-being. I was following a blog that frequently advertised your products and specials and decided to take a look. I saw this product and knew I had to try it. I ordered the tincture kit and as soon as it came in I started my herbs to soaking in vodka. Six weeks later I started taking this tincture each night before bed and stopped taking the Trazodone. I sleep so much better with this! I get a peaceful, sound night's sleep without interruptions (except to potty occasionally). I use 3/4 - 1 tsp each night. It doesn't taste all that great, but it's totally worth being off a prescription medication that wasn't nearly as effective. Thank you so much for doing the research and finding a combination that works!

While pregnant
by Katie on Sep 15, 2013


Can't wait to try this on myself and my little one! I was wondering though-- Can snooze tincture be used while pregnant and nursing? Thank you!

    Re: While pregnant
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 16, 2013

    Yes, you can use this while pregnant and nursing. Thanks!

One more question
by Diana on Sep 5, 2013

Hello again,

Is there a process I could use to substitute the pressure cooker step? Maybe boiling covered? We do not have a pressure cooker yet.

Thank you!

    Re: One more question
    by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 17, 2013

    When making a glycerin tincture, you can make it in a crock pot. Or just use a pot on the stovetop and let it just simmer, not boiling, for a quicker tincture.

by BJ on Jul 3, 2013

Hi was just wondering if the snooze tincture was suppose to be very bitter? Mine is and just making certain I got it right...

    Re: Bitter
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jul 18, 2013

    Yes, the snooze tincture does have a somewhat bitter taste. It is completely normal! Thank you.

Approximate amount in a dropper?
by Melissa on Jan 14, 2013

I just have a quick question: what is the approximate amount in the "dropper" that you refer to? My tincture is officially done (woohoo!) and I just wanted to make sure I know the closest amount to what a dropper holds :)

Thank you!

    Re: Approximate amount in a dropper?
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 29, 2013

    A "dropper full" is around 1/2-3/4 tsp.

Relieves anxiety and stress
by Amy on Jan 31, 2011

I ordered the Tincture Mix kit and was so eager to try the Snooze Tincture that I made it as a tea to see if it would relax me. I am very high strung and have stress and anxiety issues. When my husband came home from work around 7pm, he couldn't believe how calm I was. I listened to him tell me about his stressful day and I was just so relaxed and able to actively listen to him. I was so relaxed that he thought something must be wrong. He asked me if I was mad at him about something. I laughed and told him that I was not mad at all! I just had a cup of Snooze Tincture as a tea and I just felt calm. He couldn't believe it and told me I should drink a cup every night! Now I realize that the weird taste was the hops, so I have the Snooze Tincture being made right now. I highly recommend this product. Also, I slept like a baby that night! I didn't even need my melatonin and I felt AWESOME the next day. Thank you and may God continue to richly bless you and your family!

Snooze Tincture Better than Albuterol
by M on Jan 17, 2009

I wanted to write to thank you for the snooze tincture. Some might call me a bit of an anti herbalist. I have had so many friends and family waste time and money buying herbal supplements and vitamins promising to help them never get sick, lose weight, have more energy, etc. I think I just thought of any herb product as a gimmick and waste of money.

We read almost everything from No Greater Joy and had just read your articles with a grain of salt. I forget now, why I decided to look at your website for the first time.

My kids and I have asthma. I have found no herb that will physically open our airways over Albuterol. Although I loathe giving my kids these medicines, they have saved their lives in the most serious of emergencies.

So anyway, I read about your snooze tincture. I thought, "hey it's not that
expensive and worth a try." I wanted to make it for my aunt who has severe
insomnia and try it for my kids when they are taking Albuterol during bad episodes of sickness. So I made my first batch.

My aunt has the most trouble sleeping on vacations, when guests are in the house, or when a big event is coming. Well, we came with her present (the tincture) for my sisters wedding. So we had a major event, and were staying in the house! I gave her the tincture. She had already had several nights of lost sleep when we arrived. The first night she slept until about 8 o clock in the morning. The second she didn't wake up until 9! She decided, even though she is a night owl, she better take the tincture earlier in the night, or she would start sleeping until noon. You have to understand that this is a miracle for her. Since I was a teenager, I have spent many a grumpy vacation, Christmas, wedding, etc. with her because of lack of sleep.

The only night it didn't work was the night after the wedding, which if you'd seen our family, or the wedding, you would understand!

Please forgive the long letter. I have to tell you the best part. Both my kids are very active and have no trouble with their asthma unless they have a cold, which can happen quite often as they are 4 and 6. My daughter has the worst reactions to the Albuterol. It makes her shaky, grumpy, angry, and she can't sleep. My doctor told me some people react differently, but it's a
lot like drinking several cups of coffee. So I started even during the day after giving her the medicine to give her snooze tincture after. She has been much calmer, and she can sleep at night. She even can take a long nap right after taking it, which is good for her healing.

I really appreciate you sharing what has really WORKED for your family and not wasting our time or money with unrealistic promises.

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