Sleepy Time Tincture
For those occasional bouts of insomnia, this herbal formula can do wonders. At the same time, take steps to reduce stress and promote relaxation -- meditation, yoga or tai chi are all good options.
2 parts hawthorn berries
2 parts hops flowers
1 part skullcap
1 part passionflower
1 part catnip
Place herbs in a clean Mason jar or other glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Cover the herbs completely with vodka. Place the jar in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks. (Note that you may have to add more vodka as the botanical materials may absorb a lot of the liquid. You want to keep the herbs covered with alcohol to deter fermentation.) Strain; reserving the liquid in a measuring cup or bowl. Pour the finished tincture into clean amber glass dropper bottles.
To use: Take 2 dropperfuls 30 minutes in warm water or herbal tea (no caffeine, please!) before you plan to retire for the night, followed by 2 more just before turning out the light. Sweet dreams!