From time-to-time we all have a restless night. Some of us have many of them.
This recipe is one we use to help combat insomnia, but you can make it at home and enjoy the benefits whenever you need them.
Makes 2 cups
While chamomile and catnip are both deeply relaxing herbs, this recipe is mild enough for children to take when occasional sleeplessness keeps them wide awake. This syrup stays fresh for up to 6 months when stored in the refrigerator.
1 ounce dried chamomile
1 ounce dried catnip
2 cups water
1 cup honey
In a saucepan, combine the chamomile, catnip, and water. Bring the liquid to a simmer over low heat, cover partially with a lid, and reduce the liquid by half.
Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a glass measuring cup, then pour the mixture through a dampened piece of cheesecloth back into the saucepan, wringing the cheesecloth until no more liquid comes out.
Add the honey and warm the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly and stopping when the temperature reaches 105°F to 110°F.
Pour the syrup into a sterilized jar or bottle and store it in the refrigerator.
Take 1 tablespoon orally 30 minutes before bed. Children under age 12 should take 1 teaspoon 30 minutes before bedtime.
Precautions Do not use catnip during pregnancy. Do not use chamomile if you are allergic to plants in the ragweed family or if you take prescription blood thinners.