All of the ingredients used in this passionflower and chamomile tincture are recognized to regulate sleep patterns in their own way; when combined, they support each other and work together. Valerian is a sedative, while sour cherries are known to regulate the body’s natural sleep pattern, increase sleep efficiency, and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.
- 3⁄4oz (20g) passionflower,
- 3⁄4oz (20g) chamomile,
- 3⁄4oz (20g) valerian root,
- 1⁄4 cup sour cherries, fresh or dried,
- 14fl oz (400ml) good-quality vodka.
Makes 10–12fl oz (300–350ml)
- Finely chop all the dried ingredients, but be careful not to powder them.
- Put all the ingredients except the vodka into a large glass jar with a secure-fitting lid. Pour over the vodka, close the lid tightly, and shake several times.
- Label the jar with the names of all the ingredients and the date. Put the jar in a dark cupboard and shake it at least once every day for the next three weeks.
- Strain the contents of the jar through a muslin (cheesecloth) bag into a measuring jug and transfer the tincture into an appropriately sized (12–14fl oz/350–400ml) sterilized amber glass bottle. Seal the bottle.
- Label the bottle with the names of all the ingredients and the original starting date.
- Begin by taking a few drops each day and build up to one teaspoon 2–3 times daily. Use within six months.
NOTE: With this tincture, it’s best to determine the lowest beneficial dose and stick with it. Here, more isn’t better; it’s all about building an affinity with the ingredients.