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This natural sleep tincture recipe is made with some of mine favorite herbs. It is naturally relaxing, calming and ideal for a good night’s sleep. We don’t need it often, but if I have a sick child or we travel and schedules are crazy, this is what I’m looking for.
And it doesn’t just work for kids. Adults struggling with sleepless nights and feelings of anxiety may also benefit from a sleep tincture.
What is a sleep tincture?
A tincture simply extracts the health benefits of herbs in a concentrated liquid form. If you’ve ever tried “sleeping tea” and feel more relaxed and have better sleep, a tincture may work even better. The tinctures are based on alcohol to extract and preserve the beneficial components of the herb.
This is my basic dyeing process. If you have any herb garden you already have many ingredients! I rely on tinctures for a variety of complaints, such as stomach issues, cramps, teething, sore throat or as a multivitamin. I even have one that I like to use for postpartum care.
If you want to skip the alcohol, you can make a glycerite or vinegar with herbal infusion. These do not have such a long service life, but will still last several years.
A popular strategy is to put the dose of alcohol tincture in a cup of hot steamed water and let it evaporate a bit before drinking. However, this only decreases alcohol by a small amount and volatile oils and some other components of the process are lost, according to the USDA.
Herbs of the sleeping time
Each herb in this mix has a unique role to play. This is what each herb does and why I chose it for my sleep tincture recipe.
Yarrow it helps increase circulation in the body and has affinity for blood. When circulation is working optimally, the body can better manage the nutrition it needs in different areas.
Catnip it is a nerve and sedative that helps to calm down and relax. The active ingredient in catnip is similar to valerian root sedatives. It has been used since the Middle Ages as a strengthening tonic.
Chamomile it is a soft but powerful nerve that calms and calms. It is useful for restlessness, cruelty and feelings of anxiety.
Stevia is a super sweet herb, about 200 times sweeter than sugar, according to a magazine article published in 2019 PNAS. We use it here to get the flavor, although it can be omitted if desired.
Oatstraw and Milk Oat Tops
Oats help restore the nervous system, especially in times of stress, to rebuild energy and endurance. They help build endurance and induce rest, which in turn can increase libido. This relaxing herb addresses feelings of anxiety and insomnia and is a great addition to the sleep tincture.
You can even use oats to reduce night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings during menopause (which can disrupt sleep). Our family also used it to avoid discomfort in bed.
Both the stem and the layer of milky and immature oats are rich in minerals and nutrients, including:
- Vitamins A, B, C, E and K.
Rich in minerals and vitamins, mint is a delicious supplement to foods, like this healthy one mint mocha. Mint helps stimulate digestion, improves circulation and helps tone and cleanse the liver. It both relaxes and stimulates the nervous system to help with tension and feelings of anxiety. So mint can calm you down while giving you a sense of recollection.
Hops were used by indigenous tribes and the Arab world for centuries before becoming a popular addition to brewing. They help to cause drowsiness and it was even rumored that King George III had slept on a pillow stuffed with hops for sweet dreams. Most tests of hops show that it works as part of a herbal mixture.
Are the dyes safe?
Tinctures have been used safely in herbal remedies since ancient times and are still widely used today.
There are as many uses for dyes as herbs, but be sure to research carefully before creating a new blend. Just because something comes from nature doesn’t mean it’s safe to concentrate and ingest it. In fact, quite the opposite.
This sleep tincture recipe contains a mixture of herbs that I have used successfully for years. There are some security considerations, though.
Safety and contraindications of sleep tincture
Herbs are largely safe choices, but not all herbs work for every person. This is one of the reasons I keep a wide variety of herbs DIY file. The following information comes from The Herbal Academy, registered herbalist David Hoffman, and herbalist and physician trained by Yale Aviva Romm, MD.
Yarrow – Yarrow is not safe during pregnancy and its safety during lactation is unknown.
Catnip – This herb is used to cause menstruation. Large doses are not recommended during pregnancy.
Oatmeal – Both the oat layer and the milky layer may have traces of gluten due to cross-contamination. Oats themselves do not have gluten, but they can be processed in a facility that does. People with really sensitive celiac disease can grow and harvest them themselves or find gluten-free certified oat straw.
Mint Large amounts can irritate existing acid reflux or decrease breast milk supply. The amount used in this recipe should not have these effects unless someone is really sensitive.
Chamomile – Not recommended for people with anticoagulants. Caution should be exercised with those who use hormonal birth control, sedative medications, and medications that pass through the liver. Chamomile can also cause allergic reactions for people allergic to plants in the Asteraceae family.
Hops – I like red clover, hops contain estrogenic compounds naturally, so they should not be used during pregnancy or for developing young children. Some find that it can worsen existing depression or cause nightmares.
Sleep tincture safety modifications
Pregnancy insomnia can be hard. While I prefer to follow natural relaxing remedies, some modifications need to be made. Waiting moms should skip hops, yarrow and cat. It is generally recommended to avoid medicinal use of herbs during the first trimester, but check this out midwife or doctor if not sure.
Breastfeeding mothers may not want to skip the yarrow and mint, although it is not entirely necessary. I would also leave out the hops if I was breastfeeding.
Children can safely use this sleep dye without hops. Although alcohol is not for children, the amount used in a tincture is incredibly small and many consider it to be good for children. According to a 1996 article on Banana Alcohol, there is actually more alcohol in a ripe banana.
Sweet dreams sleep tincture recipe
This relaxing sleep mix is my chance to spend a quiet night. Check the above safety precautions to modify them if necessary. You can also replace any omitted grass with another.
Put all the herbs in a clean glass jar, tinted or away from sunlight.
Pour the alcohol over the herbs until completely submerged, leaving about 1-2 inches of space at the top.
Cover with an airtight lid and leave in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks and up to eight, shaking daily.
After the desired soaking time, strain the herbs with muslin or gauze and store them in small tincture bottles for use as needed. I use 2 ounce bottles and the accompanying dropper
Check with a healthcare professional before using any herb, especially in children, if you are pregnant or have any illness.
How to use: The normal daily dose is 2-3 full dropper for adults and 1 full dropper for children over two years old. Start with a small amount and work on it as needed. I have found that it works very well, even at low doses.
Shelf life and storage: Alcohol tinctures will last for many years if kept in a cool place, away from direct light and heat.
Some people find that over time the rubber in dropper bottles begins to degrade. For longer-term storage, use a normal screw-on lid or store it in a glass jar. It is easy to refill the dropper bottle with more tincture, as needed, from a larger tank.
Where to get ingredients
I think a lot herbs in my garden and get the rest online. You may be able to find some of these herbs locally. Starwest Botanicals sells high quality organic herbs from which you can get your website or and Amazon.
Other tinctures to try
If you like to have a homemade tincture on hand, try these other recipes!
If you don’t do DIY
Fasting herbs are not everyone’s cup of tea (pun), so I also keep homeopathic sleeping pills for children Genexa on hand for restless or restless occasional night. I love that they are tested independently to check for safety and purity (no toxins, artificial flavors or fillings or GMO-derived ingredients). The tablets seem to help me the children go to sleep.
And if you prefer to buy a sleep tincture, Herbpharm also sells one alcohol-free sleep glycerite this is of good quality.
Have you ever had trouble sleeping? What is your remedy?