Valerian tincture is handy to keep stocked as a remedy for stress-induced headaches. For those who prefer not to use alcohol in their tinctures, the vodka can be substituted for vinegar or vegetable glycerin, though strong-proof alcohols produce the most potent and effective tinctures.
- Finely chop the valerian root and place it in a jar or bowl that can be sealed shut.(5 minutes)
- Pour enough vodka (or alternative solvent) into the container until the liquid is at least two inches (5 cm) above the valerian. Cover the container with a tight lid.
- Store the container in a safe, warm location and let the valerian macerate for at least four to six weeks.
- Shake the jar periodically during the maceration period to prevent settling.
- After the maceration period, strain the herbs and keep the resulting liquid (the tincture). Store the tincture in a childproof bottle, if possible one with a built-in eyedropper.
Store the tincture in a cool, dark place. The alcohol acts as a natural preservative. For a stress headache, take drops of valerian tincture every half hour while symptoms persist. Valerian tincture is very potent and should be used sparingly.