Valerian Tincture for Stress Headaches

Updated: Nov 04, 2020

Valerian Tincture for Stress Headaches
General Information
  • Tinctures
  • Oral
  • Easy
  • 5 minutes
  • 2 cups


  • Vodka
  • Valerian
  • 1/2 liter of Vodka
  • 2 tablespoons of Valerian (roots)


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.

  1. Finely chop the valerian root and place it in a jar or bowl that can be sealed shut.(5 minutes)
  2. 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.
  3. Store the container in a safe, warm location and let the valerian macerate for at least four to six weeks.
  4. Shake the jar periodically during the maceration period to prevent settling.
  5. 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.