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Snooze Tincture


by Rebekah Joy Anast of Welltellme.com

August 2005

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 tincture is not good as a tea.

Pre-mix includes Lemon Balm, Catnip, Chamomile, Passionflower, Oatstraw and Hops.

Lemon Balm: Antibacterial, and antiviral. Lowers fevers, relaxes spasms, improves digestion, mildly sedative.

Catnip: is one of the traditional cold and flu remedies. It is an excellent diaphoretic, and its ability to induce sleep while producing perspiration without increasing the heat of the system makes it a valuable drink in any case of fever. Owing to its gentle nature, Catnip is highly prized in the treatment of children’s ailments.

Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, nervine, and anti-allergenic. Mild sedative, soothes the nervous system, treats allergies, rheumatism, arthritis, swellings, intestinal and menstrual cramping. Good for fevers, sore throats, aches and pains.

Passionflower: is one of the best herbs for chronic insomnia, having no addictive effects and allowing you to awake refreshed and alert in the morning. It has been used as a mild sedative and to treat pain and imbalances of the nervous system. Besides being an excellent herbal sedative, passionflower relieves smooth muscle spasms. This makes it useful for treating spasmodic dysmenorrhea, colic, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, and epilepsy. It is recommended for convulsions of childhood, severe spasms, chorea, tetanus, hysteria, persistent hiccough, and the sleeplessness of tuberculosis. It can also be used for neuralgia, shingles, sciatica, menopause, Parkinson’s, muscle pain, anxiety, agitation, stress and any physical problem that is stress-related, such as asthma.

Oatstraw: Antidepressant, diuretic, carminative, and nutritive. High in nutrients, regulates blood sugar, improves digestive system, eases tension, and chronic pain.

Hops: Relaxant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. Relieves nervousness, asthma, head-aches, toothaches, lowers fevers, promotes sleep without hindering alertness. Contains some estrogenic activity.


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