Sweet Dreams Sleep Tincture Recipe

homemade tincture to help kids sleep better

This sleep tincture recipe is another of my favorite homemade tinctures, made from some of my favorite herbs. We don’t have to use it often, but when one of the kids is sick, or we are traveling and their schedules are crazy, this natural tincture helps them sleep peacefully.

This recipe is good for adults too, if you struggle with insomnia or anxiety. It is a mildly and naturally relaxing and calming tincture that is great for sleep disturbances. All of the ingredients are available here and the minimum quantity available to order will make quarts of this tincture!

Sweet Dreams Sleep Tincture Recipe
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A natural herbal tincture that helps the body ease into relaxing sleep naturally.
Recipe type: Remedy
Serves: 12+
  1. Put all herbs in glass jar
  2. Pour boiling water to just cover the herbs and mix well
  3. Fill the jar the rest of the way with vodka or rum alcohol (don't use rubbing alcohol!)
  4. Cap with airtight lid and leave in cool, dark place for at least 2 and up to 8 weeks, shaking daily.
  5. After several weeks, strain the herbs out and store in small tincture bottles for use as needed.
  6. Normal dose is 2-3 droppers full for adults and 1 dropper full for kids over two.
Always ask a doctor before using any herbs, especially on children, if pregnant or if you have a medical condition
I order all the ingredients that I don’t grow in my garden from Mountain Rose Herbs, which is the best source I”ve found, but you may be able to find some of these locally. Start with a very small dose, especially in children, as it typically works very well, even at low-doses.

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Reader Comments

  1. says

    i don’t remember if i have asked you before, but i’m guessing that using the alcohol is a must for the tincture…. does the alcohol remain in the product or is it considered “alcoholic”? i want to try this so bad!!!

    • says

      It does contain the alcohol while it is in containers, though if
      alcohol is an issue, just put the amount of the tincture you are
      planning to take in water and leave on the counter for an hour or
      so… the alcohol will evaporate first, and it will just be a strong,
      water based tincture at that point.

        • BeckySue Becker says

          Glycerin can be used in place of alcohol in any recipe, but it will have a much shorter shelf life (Ive been told within a few months at best). Using vodka, it is said – will have an indefinite shelf life.

  2. says

    I would love to try this for my 8 year old daughter who is very restless & has a lot of trouble falling asleep…but she is also very picky, so I am wondering how this would taste?  Does it have an alcohol taste to it? I was also thinking of chamomile tincture.

    • Mrsporkchop444 says

      most tinctures, after you drop them into a little water, wont really taste like anything. just be siure to put it in something or it will be rough!

  3. Ocean_doula says

    For those who don’t want to use alcohol you can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar (apple cider is my preference) instead of the vodka. When I give tinctures to my son I usually mix it in a little juice or in water so that it dilutes the strong taste.

  4. says

    #3. Fill the jar the rest of the way with alcohol (don’t use rubbing or grain alcohol!) Okay, most of today’s hooch is ethanol, or grain alcohol. So for clarity, are you saying not to use whiskey and isopropol alcohol? 

  5. Marisa H says

    I read (on Wikipedia to be transparent) that yarrow is a stimulant. Do you think it is a good idea to put that in a sleep tincture?

  6. Margie Payne says

    Hi, I made this and noticed a kind of…different looking layer of my tincture.  It’s not my first tincture, but it is my first with raw ginger….so is this normal?  Thanks!

      • says

        Wow, I never saw this reply. I’m so encouraged! :) So the layer was between some of the herbs, when it settled that is. Also, I was wondering, what size dropper to you use? Now that I’ve made a few different tinctures and I see a “dropper full” I’m wondering what size the bottle is that its going in b/c the bottle size makes a difference in the dropper size. THanks!!!

  7. Steve Madden says

    I’m sorry, when I saw “2 cups of vodka” I had to laugh! That would put anyone out cold. -I know, it’s not served that way- just struck me is all. This looks good, I will give it a go. I’m also a fan of 40WinksTea.com . it’s kind of like this and my daughter can make it herself before bed.

  8. Kristine says

    I buy a California Poppy tincture for insomnia that works very well. Do you have any idea how one would go about making a tincture safely for California Poppy?

    • caroline says

      Tinctures are very easy to make. Just chop finely and get as much of the fresh herb (or flower) as you can into a clean jar and fill with 40% vodka (40% will extract medicinal benefits from most herbs). Obviously get the best quality herbs you can – pick well away from rail lines and roads, and not where parks are sprayed with weedkiller. Then I put in a cupboard for 6-8 weeks and shake/turn upside down as often as I can (every day if possible – I do my shakes while waiting for the kettle to boil for tea). Then strain through clean muslin, into a glass jar and label with as much info as you can. There you go! Take 2/3 x 5ml (a teaspoon) per day or if very severe double that until you see an improvement!

      I’m not a qualified herbalist so of course you could/should check what you are doing with other sources. But I’ve done a few herbal courses about making these things for friends and family and have used on myself and my family and really you can’t go far wrong with making your own tinctures I think.

      Of course if you can’t get access to the fresh herb or flower then you might want to buy a ready made one – don’t be tempted to use dried herbs – doesn’t work half as well.

  9. Kilibrado says

    Question: Is there anything in this tincture that would pose a problem with high blood pressure. My doctor doesn’t know much about herbs.

  10. Dena Barnes says

    could we use powdered stevia (the real stuff…like the leaf, but just already ground up. I’m not referring to the white commercial stuff.)? If so, how much? Thanks.

  11. Vanya says

    This sounds great, but I guess I’m a little confused about the catnip. 1. I thought it was just for cats, and 2. Catnip is supposed to make cats more hyper, so how is it calming?

  12. Alanna Austring Yousif says

    I’m curious if you used peppermint or spearmint leaves for this recipe or if they are interchangable in this case? Thanks!

  13. Kathleen Becker says

    I have a 14 month old son who has very bad gerds and troubles sleeping though the night, I have just started the natural path way, and I was wondering if this was a safe tincture for him?

  14. Sue says

    I picked several mullein plants this summer out in Montana. They are dry now so I can make a tincture. I have flowers and leaves. Should I make them separately or just put them all together? Are there any types of mullein that are not good for you? These were about to blossom with yellow flowers.

  15. Megan Wolfe says

    I have heard that valerian root is also good for insomnia. Could I add that to your recipe as well? If so, how much might you recommend?

    PS I love all your stuff! Thank you for helping us all on our “crunchy” journey :o)

  16. Amber says

    I just ordered all the necessary items for this. Fingers crossed for my husband with insomnia and my kiddo with autism!

  17. Zinette Georgia Nikolaos Zorzo says

    Is this ok to use for 5 mo externally? like rub on the soles of the feet and would it work if done so?

  18. Krissy says

    Hello I have a few questions. should the drops be taken by them self or drooped in water or a choice of beverage? When you say droppserful you do mean filling up the drop correct? Last but most importantly when will I be doing this, will I be taking in the drops right before bed or will it be 2-3 drops thought the day several times?

  19. Kim says

    Are the hops and stevia necessary for this tincture to be effective as a sleep remedy? Frontier doesn’t have hops, and my family is not big on stevia. Is the stevia just for sweetening? Thanks!

  20. Whitney says

    What size glass jar should be used? This would seem to make a big difference with the amount of water and vodka used. Thank you!

  21. Aja Terrell says

    I’m sorry I was just wondering I out the liquid in with another drink when using it correct?? Also, can I not use it until the two weeks are up and after eight weeks foes it need to be disposed?

  22. Aviva says

    Hi Katie, I just used the herbs to make a loose leaf tea (using the same ratio and then just putting the mixed herbs into a strainer ball). I would like to give try this out on my daughter as she has a terrible cold right now. If I wanted to warm some up with honey and put it in a bottle do I need to dilute it? How much would I give her if it’s a tea and not a tincture? Thanks!

  23. maria potts says

    the comment that oat straw helps with bedwetting is intriguing. would you give a bed wetter (who doesn’t have trouble sleeping, and therefore wouldn’t need the sleep tincture) oat straw tea before bed, or make an all oat straw tincture?

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