Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sleep tincture

Sleep Like a Rock Tincture
-1 quart-sized glass mason jar
-2 oz. dried Valerian root
-0.5 oz. dried Hop flowers
-a mixture of 60% vegetable glycerin and 40% pure water to cover
1. Measure out the herbs using a small kitchen scale and place them in a quart-sized mason jar.
2. Fill the jar with 60% glycerin and 40% pure water, leaving 1-2 inches of head-space.
3. Close the lid to the jar tightly and place it in a warm spot for 4-6 weeks. Shake vigorously each day.
4. Strain off the plant material using a cheese cloth and/or fine mesh strainer.
5. Place liquid in a dark glass tincture bottle.
6. Take 1 or 2 dropperfuls every night 30 minutes prior to bed.
-Valerian is only recommended for short-term use. However, be encouraged — it has been my experience that once the person rediscovers a healthy sleep pattern, the use of this tincture naturally decreases. And if the problem returns…a few more nights of taking the tincture again immediately helps to reestablish sleep.
-While Valerian is extremely useful for the majority of folks, there are those to which it has the reverse effect…making them restless. However, I will say that it is most definitely worth a try!
-Be warned…Valerian stinks. Everyone in my house knows when I’m straining the Valerian tincture! Although it stinks, it really has no taste. I love to administer this tincture in just a couple ounces of water.

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