Tinctures for helping improve sleep have the advantage of working quickly and often include herbs that are potent.  They can also be taken in the middle of the night and they won’t make you pee like a couple cups of chamomile tea may.  The downside is that they are pretty symptomatic and generally don’t address underlying issues that may need to be addressed.  Those could include physical deficiency and burnout that often cry out for more deeper level nutritional and tonic herbs.  See here and here.

While tinctures like these deliver a direct neurological effect, the doses (1-5 ml) don’t include a wealth of vitamins, minerals and needed nutrition for strengthening up the body.

With these tinctures, I show how to make them by adding different herbal tinctures together.  You can make tinctures of these herbs or buy them separately and make your own formulas with these recipes.  Of course you can also purchase pre-made formulas that you will find at herbal stores and herbal companies.

Here is a partial list of sedative herbs that are often used in tinctures to help with sleep:

Anemone, ashwaghanda, bee balm, betony, black cohosh, calamus, california poppy, cannabis, catnip, chamomile, cramp bark, hawthorn, hops, jamaican dogwood, kava, lavender, lemon balm, linden, milky oats, mimosa, motherwort, passionflower, peony, reishi, rose, skullcap, valerian, violet, zizyphus.  

 

Sleep/Pain formula

1 part Cramp Bark

1 part Jamaican Dogwood

1 part California Poppy

1/2 part Licorice

 

Sleep/Restlessness

1 part Crampbark

1 part Kava

1 part Zizyphus

1 part Lemon Balm

 

Sleep/overthinking

1 part Bee Balm

1 part Milky Oats

1 part Motherwort

1 part Linden

 

Sleep/grief and sadness

1 part Hawthorn

1 part Motherwort

1 part Rose

1 part Reishi

 

Sleep/restoration

1 part Milky oats

1 part Skullcap

1 part Ashwaghanda

1 part Reishi

 

Sleep/Depression

1 part Motherwort

1 part Black Cohosh

1 part Rose

1 part Passionflower

 

Sleep/Mania

1 part Acorus

1 part Kava

1 part Jamaican Dogwood

1 part Cannabis (CBD)

 

Sleep/Digestive

1 part Betony

1 part Catnip

1 part Chamomile

1 part Lemon Balm