If you are in need of natural remedies for stress and anxiety during this holiday season, this recipe is the perfect answer.
Holiday activities and busyness can throw us off balance, affecting the nervous system and taking a toll on our overall wellbeing. Fortunately, there are herbs that help in coping with it all. These herbs help bring about peace and calm so that you can appreciate the joys of the season.
This herbal formula is made into a tincture for ease and convenience. It includes herbs that work in the following ways.
Lemon balm and lemon verbena are nerve tonics and mild nerve sedatives helping to ease tension. They work by directly relaxing the nervous system, soothing both nerves and muscles. Skullcap works especially well if there is exhaustion involved and it’s also relaxing where there is tension. Oats build and strengthen the overall nervous system.
To learn more about these and other natural remedies for stress and anxiety, check out this blog post.
- 1 part lemon balm
- 1 part skullcap
- 1 part lemon verbena
- 1 part oat tops and oat straw
- Brandy, enough to cover all ingredients
This recipe uses “parts” as measurement. If you are making a small amount, then parts can be teaspoons. If you would like to make a larger batch for storage, parts can be tablespoons or cups.
To Make the Tincture
Select a small jar with a wide mouth and a tight fitting lid, such as canning or ball jar. This could be 4 ounce, 1/2 pint or pint size depending on the amount of tincture you want to make.
Place enough herbs in the jar until there is at least 1/2 inch of space remaining at the top. Add brandy to the top of the jar, using a spoon or knife to push any air bubbles out. Cover tightly and place in a dark location for 2 weeks at a minimum, although up to 6 weeks is ideal. Strain well with a cheesecloth, reserving the liquid and composting the solids. Store in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. You can transfer to a dropper bottle for ease of use. Take ½ teaspoon twice a day. For acute situations, take 1/2 teaspoon every two hours for a day or two only. Simply place under the tongue or put into liquid such as water, tea or juice.
Where to find ingredients
You can often find the ingredients at your local co-op or health food store. If you would like to order online, here are some quality and trusted resources for you:
- United States and Canada: Starwest Botanicals (note: this is an affiliate link which does not cost you a thing, yet helps support this website)
- Europe and international shipping to other countries: G Baldwins & Co
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