Make an EASY, Nerve-Soothing Tincture---A Tonic for Stress and Migraine Prevention
Ever just had "one of those days?" It seems they happen pretty frequently during this increasingly busy time of year. Here is an easy and effective tincture you can make to soothe your nerves. There are only three herbs in it, and it tastes great too (even for a tincture! lol). This is a mild nerve soothing preparation that won’t make you tired. It simply helps calm your body & soul.
In addition, if you happen to be a sufferer of migraine headaches, there is some evidence that the herbs in this tincture are thought to help improve these. By the way, this herbal combination also makes a delicious tea, if you prefer that method of herbal preparation.
There are only three herbs involved in this blend, and they are easy to grow in your own yard. You may be interested in my article on 20 Best Medicinal Herbs to Grow in Your Herb Garden.
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Herbs to Soothe & Protect Your Nerves
This combination of herbs is very helpful to use as a daily tonic in small amounts or more often throughout the day for stressful times. These herbs are very gentle too.
About Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm is a lemony tasting and scented member of the mint family. It is a commonly used remedy for nervous disorders, anxiety, depression, and infections too.
It is thought to be an excellent plant medicine for the brain and memory, calming the nervous system as well as helping with digestion. In the past, Lemon Balm was often used to calm overactive children. If you suffer from grief, try a bit of Lemon Balm...it helps ease emotional pain.
Since lemon balm is so soothing to the nerves, you might also enjoy using it in this Cold Sore Salve recipe. It’s a great choice when you feel that tingly feeling coming on.
Safety Factor: If you have issues with an under active thyroid, you should only use Lemon Balm under the guidance of a doctor.
Source: Rosemary Gladstar, from her book, Medicinal Herbs, a Beginner’s Guide (I highly recommend)
About Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Feverfew is just a beautiful flowering plant. The little white flowers with sunny centers never fail to cheer me up and bring lots of butterflies and bees! But better yet, Feverfew has some pretty amazing medicinal qualities!
Feverfew is a nervine herb, helping to soothe and calm the nerves. In addition to this effect, Feverfew is thought to have "specific application against migraine and low spirits. Part of its anti-migraine effect is due to anti-inflammatory activity and part due to the positive bitter digestive effects."
If you are interested in this tincture specifically for migraine help, it is best to take a small amount on a daily basis instead of trying to treat a terrible migraine at its onset.
You can find out more about feverfew in my Cold & Flu Care series too!
Safety Factor: Do not take while pregnant without the advice of a physician.
Source: Richo Cech, Making Plant Medicine (I love this book as well)
About Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Doesn't everyone just love Spearmint? It's cool, refreshing, and sweet. Spearmint is sweeter than peppermint, and much milder too. It's actually a better choice for children as well. Because it is both calming to the nervous system while having mild stimulating properties, it is a wonderful herb for toning the nervous system.
Safety Factor: Spearmint is a safe herb. It's edible too and is often used for culinary reasons. I love using it in my handmade soaps as a colorant too!
Source: Rosemary Gladstar
NOTE: This recipe blend is from Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Medicinal Herbs, a Beginner’s Guide.
A Quick Note About Where I Get My Herbs
The links above are for Amazon, for your convenience. But generally, if I don’t grow or forage my herbs fresh from the ground, I buy them from Starwest Botanicals. This is a great company, and I have never once had an issue with them.
How to Make a Nerve Soothing Tincture
Making a tincture is really quite quick and easy. The time intensive part is the waiting for it to completely infuse, which takes a few weeks. You can find out more in the link right there.
Ingredients for Nerve-Soothing Tincture
1. Equal parts Lemon Balm, Feverfew, and Spearmint
2. Vodka or other alcohol greater than 80 proof
Here is where I purchase my herbs, if you don't grow your own. I happen to have all three of these in my garden, but sometimes I have to purchase quality organic herbs, and this is the place I go.
For more information about tinctures, here is a great article!
Directions for the Tincture
1. Fill a quart Mason jar about half full of equal parts dried herbs.
2. Pour vodka over the herbs to within an inch of the top.
3. Shake it well, and let the herbs absorb the vodka. As the herbs soak up the liquid, you may need to add a bit more vodka to within an inch of the top.
4. Keeping the lid on, I like to place my tinctures in a sunny window because of the benefit of the sun and its healing rays. Some herbalists like to put their tinctures in a dark cupboard. This is completely up to you.
5. Shake daily or every few days when you happen to think about it.
6. Let infuse for about four weeks, then strain out the herbs. Bottle up the tincture and enjoy!
The bottles in step 7 are the 2 ounce amber glass bottles with a dropper. I like these because the amber glass helps keep the tincture from degrading due to UV light.
For dosing: As a daily tonic, take one to three full droppers full (3 droppers full is about 1/2 tsp). For a very stressful day or other more acute issue, take up to three full droppers one to three times a day.
How to Blend and Make a Nerve Soothing Tea Instead
AND, if tincturing is not something you have patience for, you can create a loose leaf tea from these three herbs too.
Just place a couple teaspoons of the blend in your cup, pour just boiled water over, and let steep for about 20-30 minutes. It will become more bitter the longer it steeps, so you may want to go for the shorter time if that makes a difference.
As far as strength goes, the tincture will be more powerful. But the tea is also warm and soothing.
Final Thoughts on Nerve-Soothing Tincture & Tea
These three simple herbs are just incredible when used together. I love them separately. And I love them even more when they are combined!
Plus, what beats a warm cup of tea after a hard day? I can’t think of much else, myself.
What do you do to soothe and calm your nerves? Leave comments in the comments section, and if you get a chance to try this tincture (or tea if you choose) out, let me know what you think!
You might also enjoy this new series I’ve started on How to Start Using Herbs:
There’s LOTS more information over on the blog, so go on over and do some searching around! You may not want to leave!
Also, if you’ve been thinking about taking an herbal course, check out The Herbal Academy of New England. They back their education up with science, and I’ve learned a TON from them!
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