Herbal Remedies

Calming Tincture

It’s been a difficult time for most folks I know, as of late. My own personal life has been pretty complicated and stressful, as I’ve been navigating pandemic-related financial strain, being betrayed by someone I trusted deeply, and a variety of other self-induced life complications.

With all the extra stress, I’ve been really appreciating this tincture blend I put together a few months ago for easing the angst of these strange pandemic times. Calming Tincture was formulated to help reduce anxiety, stress, & excess worry. It can also be helpful for improving mood.

This tincture is a blend of three of my favorite soothing herbs. It is gentle & non-addictive, yet also powerfully calming. 

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) eases insomnia, tension, stress, and pain. It has long been valued by herbalists for its overall helpfulness for relieving nervous system issues. Despite being quite potent & effective sedative, it is also safe & non-addictive. 

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita or Anthemis nobilis) is gentle, yet potent herb, used to treat nervous tension, stress, and irritability. It is a mild sedative and is well loved for its calming properties. 

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a gently sedative herb that promotes relaxation and boosts mood. It can be used to alleviate stress & anxiety or to ease insomnia.

I also like to add Andean Rescue Remedy — my own blend of native flower essences crafted with resilient, native Andean plants that grow near our home — for extra emotional support in times of crisis or stress. These flower essences have a deep vibrational resonance for those who live here in the Sacred Valley, but Bach’s Rescue Remedy is a wonderful, easy-to-find substitute for those living elsewhere in the world.

To make this tincture blend, you will need:

  • 20 ml chamomile (Matricaria recutita) tincture
  • 20 ml lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) tincture
  • 20 ml valerian (Valeriana officinalis) tincture
  • 25 drops of Bach’s Rescue Remedy

Makes 60 ml of tincture.

Add all ingredients to a small glass bottle and shake well to combine. Cover bottle with a lid or dropper top. Store in a cool, dark place to optimize shelf stability. 

To use: take a dropper full in water as needed to ease stress, tension, anxiety, and excess worry. Take a moment to take a deep breath and center yourself as you sip. Repeat dose, if needed.


References 

Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Second Edition. Dorling Kindersley. New York. 2000.

Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. Storey Publishing. 2008. 

Hoffman, David. The Herbal Handbook.Healing Arts Press. Rochester, VT. 1998. 65.

Kloss, Jethro. Back to Eden.

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