A Deep Sleep Tincture by Mommypotamus is this week's Therapy Thursday. Tinctures are a great way to get the benefits of several herbs quickly and by only a small amount without the hassle of boiling teas on the daily. If you are unsure about tinctures do your research or contact a health professional. This blog recommends 1-2 drops for older children and 3-4 drops for adults.
Ingredients 2 tablespoons hibiscus flowers 1 tablespoon lavender blossoms 3 tablespoons catnip 3 tablespoons chamomile 2 tablespoons passion flower 1/2 cup water 1 cup food grade glycerin 1 pint jar 8 quart slow cooker (if you have a smaller slow cooker you may need to use smaller jars) Mesh strainer or cheesecloth
Method 1. Add herbs to a pint-size mason jar. how-to-make-sleep-tincture 2. Pour in boiling water and mash down the herbs with a spoon until they are all slightly damp. 3. Add in glycerin. 4. Cover jar with a lid, then place in a slow cooker that has been lined on the bottom with a dish towel. Pour in water until about half the jar is submerged, then turn the slow cooker on warm and cover. Let sit for 18-24 hours. If desired, remove the jar a few times a day and shake to release the beneficial properties of the herbs. 5. Remove jar from slow cooker and strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve, then pour into a clean jar or dropper bottle and add a label. Store in the fridge until needed.
Slow Method 1. Place herbs in a clean, dry pint mason jar and pour in boiling water. 2. Add in the glycerin and give the mixture a good stir. 3. Place in a dark cabinet and shake once a day for 12-14 days, then allow to rest in the cabinet for 2-4 additional weeks. 4. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve, then pour into a clean jar or dropper bottle and add a label. Store in the fridge until needed.