Consider this blend a daily tonic or an effective drink when you just need to chill out but still function during the day. It has calming, mildly energizing, heart-gladdening, and cognition-enhancing properties. While you could easily make this blend as a tincture (it would actually be a little stronger medicinally), it has a more pleasant, sweet flavor as a glycerite. Thank herbalist Steven Horne for this fast medicine-making technique! Feel free to skip an herb if you don’t have it or don’t like it. For an 8-ounce canning jar, you’ll need about 2 ounces of total prepped herbs by weight and 5 ounces by volume of glycerin.
- 2 parts fresh holy basil flowers or aerial parts, chopped
- 2 parts fresh milky oat seeds, whole
- 2 parts fresh lemon balm aerial parts, chopped
- 1 part skullcap or passionflower aerial parts, chopped (optional, for added sedation)
- 1 part rose petals
- Canning jar with two-part lid
- 100 percent vegetable glycerin
- Combine and tightly pack the herbs in your jar, not quite to the top.
- Cover with glycerine, leaving a little headroom as you would for canning.
- Cap it, and submerge it in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil, and then let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool enough to handle before straining, squeezing as much liquid as possible. Store in a cool, dark, dry spot. Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (3 to 5 squirts) twice daily or as needed.
Discover information and more recipes for tinctures in Herbal Tinctures for Health and Well-Being.
Excerpted from Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies © by Maria Noël Groves. Photography © by Stacey Cramp. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.