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Makes about 2 cups
This herbal tonic combines several calming herbs that promote nervous system balance and sleep. Most natural foods stores carry dried chamomile, passionflower, and lemon balm. If you can’t find them in whole herb form, you can substitute powdered, encapsulated herbs or herbal tinctures. This also makes a soothing bedtime tea when served warm.
1/2 cup dried lemon balm
1/4 cup dried passionflower
1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
2 (400-500 mg) capsules valerian, or equal amount liquid tincture
1 (400-500 mg) capsule kava, or equal amount liquid tincture
2 Tbs. raw, unfiltered honey or organic, unrefined cane sugar
- Combine lemon balm, passionflower, and chamomile in teapot. Bring 2 cups water to boil. Pour boiling water over herbs, cover, and let steep 7-10 minutes. Strain herbs into a pint-sized glass jar with a lid; discard herbs.
- Open valerian and kava capsules, and pour contents into mixture. Add honey. Stir well to mix. Let cool, then cover and chill before drinking. To serve, fill 1-ounce shot glass halfway, and take twice a day. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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