Herbal Blends for Stress and Sleep

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Herbal Blends for Stress and Sleep

Herbal blends do a great job at relaxing and relieving stress! The “Deep Sleep and Incredible Dreams Formula”, in particular, really knocks me out!

An important thing to remember when working with herbal formulas is the fact that herbs can interact with prescription medications.

If you are currently taking prescription medicines please check with your physician before beginning any herbal protocol. Herbs also sometimes interact with over-the-counter medications.

If you are on any medications, please check each herb for interactions.

If you are taking any of the medications a herb may interact with, better to be safe than sorry and skip the tea.

Herbal Blends for Stress and Sleep: The Recipes

Insomnia Formula

Mix and use 1 ounce of the herbs per pint of water or 1 tablespoon herbs to 1 cup water. Let steep 10 minutes and drink before going to bed.

  • Chamomile – 1 part – Calmative, nervine, antispasmodic, anodyne, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, carminative. Chamomile can interact with alcohol, antianxiety drugs, antiarrhythmic agents, antibiotics, anticoagulants, antiplatelets, antidiabetic agents, antidiarrheals, antifungals, antihistamines, antihypertensives, anti-inflammatory agents, antilipemic agents, antispasmodic agents, antiulcer drugs, calcium channel blockers, CNS depressants, Cytochrome P450 metabolized agents, Disulfiram, Antabuse, diuretics, estrogens, Metronidazole, Flagyl, NSAIDs, COX2 inhibitors, selective estrogen receptor modulators, Warfarin.
  • Scullcap – 1 part – Sedative, nervine, antispasmodic.  Can interact with antidepressant agents, antispasmodic agents, hepatotoxic agents, anxiolytic agents, and sedatives.
  • Catnip – 1 part – Diaphoretic, sedative, nervine, carminative.  Can interact with antibiotics, antivirals, CNS depressants, immunomodulators, and sleep agents.
  • Wood Betony – 1 part – Sedative, nervine, bitter tonic, astringent.  Can interact with antidiabetic agents, anxiolytic agents, and antihypertensive drugs.
  • Spearmint – 1 part – diaphoretic, aromatic, stomachic, calminative, antispasmodic, mild alterative. Combined with complimentary herbs will offset states of melancholy and depression. There is a risk that spearmint may increase the effect of antibiotics, antifungals, anti-inflammatory agents, antilipemic agents, antineoplastic agents, CNS depressants, cytochrome -450-metabolized agents, hepatotoxic agents, hormonal agents, nephrotoxic agents, radioprotective agents, and sedatives.

Deep Sleep and Incredible Dreams Formula

Deep Sleep and Incredible Dreams Formula will give you incredible dreams and is also for nights when you don’t have enough time for sufficient sleep. Use 1-ounce herbs to 1 pint of water or 1 tablespoon of herb to 1 cup of water. Let steep 20-30 minutes and drink before bed.

  • Kava kava – 4 parts – Antispasmodic, stimulant, diuretic, antifungal, analgesic, muscle relaxant, anesthetic, anticonvulsant. Can interact with ACE inhibitors, alcohol, analgesics, anesthetics, antianxiety drugs, antineoplastic agents, antidepressant agents, anticoagulants, antiplatelets, benzodiazepines, buspirone, opipramol, CNS depressants, contraceptives, cytochrome P450 metabolized agents, diuretic agents, dopamine antagonists, gastrointestinal agents, hepatotoxic agents, hormonal agents, mood stabilizers, neurologic agents, renally eliminated drugs, sedatives.
  • Alfalfa – 1 part – Nutritive tonic, restorative (Yin) tonic, antipyretic, alterative, antianemic, antihemorrhagic, diuretic. Can interact with anticoagulants, antidiabetics, antifungals, antilipemics, calcium salts, Chlorpromazine, Thorazine, contraceptives, Disulfirma, Antabuse, estrogens, hormonal agents, immunosuppressants, Metronidazole, Flagyl, photosensitizing agents, potassium salts, thyroid hormones, Warfarin, Coumadin.
  • Spearmint – 1 part – Diaphoretic, aromatic, stomachic, calminative, antispasmodic, mild alterative. Combined with complimentary herbs will offset states of melancholy and depression. There is a risk that spearmint may increase the effect of antibiotics, antifungals, anti-inflammatory agents, antilipemic agents, antineoplastic agents, CNS depressants, cytochrome -450-metabolized agents, hepatotoxic agents, hormonal agents, nephrotoxic agents, radioprotective agents, and sedatives.
  • Raspberry Leaves – 1 part – Hemostatic, astringent, mild alterative, parturient. Can interact with antibiotics, antioxidants, antispasmodic drugs, diuretics, laxatives, muscle relaxants, salicylates, sedatives.
  • Lemon balm – 1 part – Diaphoretic, calminative, antispasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, stomachic. Can interact with alcohol, barbiturates, sedative agents, glaucoma medications, thyroid agents, nicotine, scopolamine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

California Poppy Blend

California Poppy Blend works well for both adults and children. It is a very soothing nervine tea, will soothe away the cares of the day. Combine and make as an infusion. Use 1-ounce herbs to 1 pint of water or 1 tablespoon of herb to 1 cup of water. This is a very gentle formula, drink as much as often as needed.

  • California Poppy flowers and/or seeds – 1 part – Sedative, analgesic, hypnotic, antineuralgic. Can interact with analgesics, antibiotics, antineoplastics, benzodiazepines, CNS depressants, immunosuppressants, opiate agonists.
  • Chamomile – 1 part – Calmative, nervine, antispasmodic, anodyne, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, carminative. Chamomile can interact with alcohol, antianxiety drugs, antiarrhythmic agents, antibiotics, anticoagulants, antiplatelets, antidiabetic agents, antidiarrheals, antifungals, antihistamines, antihypertensives, anti-inflammatory agents, antilipemic agents, antispasmodic agents, antiulcer drugs, calcium channel blockers, CNS depressants, Cytochrome P450 metabolized agents, Disulfiram, Antabuse, diuretics, estrogens, Metronidazole, Flagyl, NSAIDs, COX2 inhibitors, selective estrogen receptor modulators, Warfarin.
  • Oats (milky green tops) – 1 part – Antidepressant, a tonic against depression and debility.
  • Marshmallow root – ½ part – Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, demulcent, emollient, hypoglycemic.  Can interact with antibiotics, antidiabetic agents, anti-inflammatory agents, antitussives, oral drugs, and topical steroids.

Children’s Nervine

Children’s Nervine formula is excellent for hyperactive children and children with any type of nervous problems. Give 3-7 drops of the tincture as needed.

  • Chamomile – 2 parts – Calmative, nervine, antispasmodic, anodyne, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, carminative. Chamomile can interact with alcohol, antianxiety drugs, antiarrhythmic agents, antibiotics, anticoagulants, antiplatelets, antidiabetic agents, antidiarrheals, antifungals, antihistamines, antihypertensives, anti-inflammatory agents, antilipemic agents, antispasmodic agents, antiulcer drugs, calcium channel blockers, CNS depressants, Cytochrome P450 metabolized agents, Disulfiram, Antabuse, diuretics, estrogens, Metronidazole, Flagyl, NSAIDs, COX2 inhibitors, selective estrogen receptor modulators, Warfarin.
  • Lemon balm – 2 parts – Diaphoretic, calminative, antispasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, stomachic. Can interact with alcohol, barbiturates, sedative agents, glaucoma medications, thyroid agents, nicotine, scopolamine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
  • Catnip – 2 parts – Diaphoretic, sedative, nervine, carminative.  Can interact with antibiotics, antivirals, CNS depressants, immunomodulators, and sleep agents.

Herbal Blends for Stress and Sleep: How to Make an Infusion

An infusion is a little stronger than a tea. Boil 1 quart of water per ounce of herb (or 1 cup of water for 1 tablespoon of herb). Pour water over herbs, cover, and let steep 30-60 minutes.

Herbal Blends for Stress and Sleep: How to Make a Tincture

  1. Chop herbs finely.
  2. Pour the amount of herb you desire into the glass jar and slowly pour in the alcohol or another menstruum until the herbs are entirely covered. Then add an inch or two of additional liquid.
  3. Seal the jar tightly so that the liquid cannot leak or evaporate. Put the jar in a dark area or inside a paper bag and let the herbs liquid soak (macerate) for 4-6 weeks. (The longer the better).
  4. Shake the jar every day during the maceration period of 4-6 weeks. This keeps the herbs from packing down on the bottom of the jar and helps to extract their herbal properties. Some believe it brings some of the old “medicine making” magic back into the process — you can sing to your tincture jars, play special music, perform Reiki or other energy procedures…whatever your imagination or intuition inspires you to do!
  5. When ready to bottle, strain the herbs from the menstruum through a large strainer lined with cheesecloth or muslin. Save the liquid, which is now a potent tincture, and pour into another jar or glass bowl. Squeeze the saturated herbs, extracting the remaining liquid until no more drips appear, pouring this in with the previously strained tincture. Compost the herbs. Rebottle into dark colored bottles or jars and label appropriately.
  6. Store in a cool, dark place out of reach of children. The tinctures will keep almost indefinitely.

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