Say "goodnight" to fitfully tossing and turning, and embrace restful sleep with this easy-to-prepare tincture mix.
This restful herb mix does just that... it helps you sleep like a baby! These herbs help to relax and soothe, and before you know it you will be fast asleep. It can be prepared as a sweet food-grade glycerite or potent alcohol tincture.
Make your tincture by filling a jar 1/3 - 1/2 full of herbs. Use 1/3 for hard herbs and roots (as they will absorb more liquid) and 1/2 for soft or fluffy herbs. Fill the jar to the top with alcohol (80-90 proof Vodka is best), close it, and store for 3-8 weeks in a cool, dry place. Shake the jar daily. After 3-8 weeks, strain and discard the herbs, bottle the liquid and label it.
For more information on making tinctures, see How To Make a Tincture.
Contains: *Lemon Balm,*Catnip Herb, *Chamomile Flower, *Passionflower, *Oatstraw Herb, & *Hops Flowers. (*organic)
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult with your health care provider before adding any supplements to your routine.
* 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
- 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.