INSOMNIA FORMULA Herbal Blend Recipe

INSOMNIA FORMULA Herbal Blend Recipe

Have trouble unwinding at bedtime?

Add  Insomnia Formula Herbal Blend to your evening routine and watch how easily you drift off into peaceful slumber!

Insomnia Formula Herbal Blend Recipe can easily be made into a tea, infusion, tincture, or even be smoked in a pipe!

All of the herbs in Insomnia Formulaa have been listed showing their major actions, as well as pharmaceutical interactions.

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To drink as tea, 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, antineoplactic agents, CNS depressants, cytochrome -450-metabolized agents, hepatotoxic agents, hormonal agents, nephrotoxic agents, radioprotective agents, and sedatives.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Herbs can interact with prescription medications. If you are currently taking prescription medicines please check with your physician before beginning any herbal protocol. Herbs may also interact with over-the-countermedications.

An excellent source of herb/drug interaction information is: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/drug-interaction-checker.

If you are taking any of the medications a herb may interact with, a complete description of the possible interaction will be listed here.

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.

How to Make a Tincture

  • Chop herbs finely.
  • Pour the amount of herb you desire into the glass jar and slowly pour in the alcohol or other menestrum until the herbs are entirely covered. Then add an inch or two of additional liquid.
  • 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).
  • 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…what ever your imagination or intuition inspires you to do!
  • When ready to bottle, strain the herbs from the menestrum 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.
  • Store in a cool, dark place out of reach of children. The tinctures will keep almost indefinitely.

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Becki Baumgartner

Herbalist, Certified Tennessee Naturalist, Certified Reiki Master at LuminEarth.com
Becki Baumgartner is a certified member of the Academy of Integrated Health & Medicine. Becki graduated from Clayton College in 2011 with a BS in Natural Health, Minor in Herbology, obtained her Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Certification in 2012, and her Tennessee Naturalist Certification in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Master Herbalist Program at the Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She has been a Lead Investigator for Volunteer State Paranormal Research since 2010 and in 2012 joined Natchez Trace Veterinary Services, an Alternative Medicine Veterinary Clinic, as Practice Manager and Herbalist. She is also a volunteer naturalist for Metro Parks and the Nashville Medical Reserve Corps, facilitates a weekly Reiki Share at Center of Symmetry in Nashville, and facilitates Reiki, Herbology and Alternative Health classes and workshops in the Nashville Area. Chat with Becki on Google+ | LinkedIn | Facebook
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