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Lessen Holiday Stress With DIY Nerve Tincture

beth December 3, 2012

 

Christmas is a wonderful time of year!  I love the family time, decorations, music, gifts, snow, the emphasis on the birth of Christ.  I love the good cheer this time of year brings to everyone I meet when I”m out and about.

This is also a busy time of year.  Parties, shopping and activities can quickly fill up the calendar; the pressure to buy gifts for every friend and acquaintance can bring on the stress.  We really should do all we can to not give into stressful pressures and busyness that keep us from the important focuses of Christmas.  However, stress will inevitably come!  That”s why I love this nerve tincture I keep on hand!

The group of herbs in this tincture work together to relax and calm a person.  They help nourish the nervous system during times of stress, anxiety, or times when those high-strung nerves make their presence known.

Besides being great for stress, this tincture can also be used for:

  • Colicky babies
  • Stomach cramps
  • Seizures
  • Sleeplessness
  • Mother threatening to miscarry
  • A high-strung person
  • A person going through great mental or physical stress
Here is a list of the herbs in this tincture and why they are great for stress and nerve dysfunction:

Alfalfa is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals.  When our bodies are under any kind of stress, it depletes our nutrients.  Alfalfa is perfect for replacing what is lost.
Chamomile is soothing and relaxing to the nerves.
Catnip helps induce sleep {But will not make you feel drugged like prescription medication.  It helps you sleep if that is what casino online you”re trying to achieve.}
Hops is a relaxing nerve tonic.  Relieves tension, anxiety, restlessness, agitation.  Helps insomnia.
Oatstraw is high in nutrients that are vital to a healthy nervous system.
Passionflower is a great sleep-aid.  Helps control seizures.
Peppermint  helps colic and relaxes digestive system.
Valerian relieves anxiety and hypertension.

Recipe and Instructions:
1/2 cup Alfalfa
1/4 cup Chamomile
1/4 cup Peppermint
1/4 cup Passionflower
1/4 cup Catnip
1/4 cup Oatstraw
1 tbsp. Hops
1 tbsp. Valerian {Leave this herb out if making the tincture for a baby or child}
Mix all the herbs together.  Fill a jar half way if using dried herbs; fill jar to the top if using fresh herbs.  If using dried herbs, pour boiling water over the herbs in the jar, just covering the herbs.  Allow herbs to soak for a few minutes.  Fill the jar the rest of the way with glycerin.  Stir together and place a lid on the jar.  Place a towel in the bottom of a crockpot, place the jar on top of the towel.  Fill crockpot at least halfway with water.   Turn crockpot on low for 3 days.  Check the water level each day and add more if it gets low.  If your crockpot has a “warm” setting, use this setting.  You don”t want the herbs to get too hot and lose healthy properties, you only want enough heat to help the glycerin extract the properties.  Stir the contents of the jar once a day during the 3 days.  After 3 days, strain the herbs from the liquid and bottle the liquid tincture!
Recommended Dosage:
Baby: 5 drops
Child: 1/2 tsp.
Adult: 1 tsp. or more

If I”m having a stressful day, I typically take a tsp. at least 3 times a day.  I can tell a difference in how much better my body is handling stress when I”m utilizing this tincture!

What natural ways do you relieve stress during the holidays?

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16 Comments

  1. Can you always make tinctures out of dried herbs? What I mean is they don’t have to be fresh out of the garden?

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  2. Could you replace the alfalfa with nettle? I only ask because I have nettle on hand and know it’s high in nutrients as well.

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  3. Where can I locate these herbs? This tincture sounds like just what need in a steady stream around my house! I need it ASAP!

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  4. When you buy in bulk what do you do with the rest of the herbs ?

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    • April,
      I use them in teas or in other herbal remedy recipes. Dried herbs are fresh for 2 years {though I have used them after that amount of time with success}. You can also make the the individual herbs into tinctures for longer storage.

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  5. Does the lid have to close on the crockpot? Mine isn’t big enough for a quart size jar to fit

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  8. How does this need to be stored after bottling? Room temp or refrigerator?

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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