• 2 ounces valerian root (available in natural products stores and online)
  • 2 ounces kava (available in natural products stores and online)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable glycerin (or honey or dehydrated cane juice)


Combine herbs and water. Simmer, covered, on low heat, until reduced by 1/2. Strain and squeeze into a glass jar. Combine with an equal amount of vegetable glycerin (about 1 1/2 cups).

Dosage: 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, taken in water, every 10 to 30 minutes, as needed.

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Amanda McQuade Crawford, host of What a Relief!, is a medical herbalist consultant, improving quality control within the natural products industry. She is the author of two popular books on women’s health, “The Herbal Menopause Book” and “Herbal Remedies for Women” and a contributing author to two recent books on natural medicine: “The New Menopause Book” and the text “Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants.” She currently explores for urban weeds and grows an organic herb garden in the wilds of Los Angeles.