Sleep aid


  • 2 ounces valerian root
  • 2 ounces skullcap (optional)
  • 2 ounces hops (optional)
  • 2 ounces passion flower (optional)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable glycerin (or honey, or dehydrated cane juice)


  1. Combine valerian with 1 or more of the other herbs in a pot of water. Simmer, covered, on low heat, until liquid is reduced by 1/2.
  2. Strain and squeeze into a glass jar. Combine with an equal amount of vegetable glycerin (about 1 1/2 cups).

Dosage: 10 to 15 drops, taken in water.

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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.