Snooze Tincture Mix, Organic, 1/2 lb.(SNT-2)
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.
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.
* 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: Herbal Antibiotics for making alcohol and glycerine tinctures:
Practical Herbalism for making alcohol tinctures
The ABC Herbal for making glycerine tinctures
The How to Herb Book for making alcohol tinctures
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.
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