March 12, 2020 at 07:00PM by CWC
Don’t shell out on an overpriced wellness tincture—DIY it instead with this genius recipe.
While I can’t imagine why your stress levels would be at peak scream emoji right now—it’s not like the entire world is shutting down or anything—it never hurts to add to your anti-ack! arsenal. Specifically, I suggest you try a calming stress relief tincture devised by herbalist and Supernatural founder Rachelle Robinett.
In the latest episode of Well+Good’s Plant-Based video series, Robinett demonstrates how to mix her favorite herbs for managing stress and anxiety into an alcohol-based extract. “[To make a tincture], we’re taking old plant matter, dried or fresh, and submerging it in high-proof alcohol and then letting it sit for six weeks,” she says. “All of the medicine, the nutrients, the phytochemicals, the active compounds we want out of those plants are [then] extracted into the alcohol.”
She prefers to make her mix using adaptogenic herbs, a popular stress remedy, and nervines, her go-to for treating nervous system over-taxation. This particular blend consists of four plant ingredients: ashwaganda, an adaptogen known for lowering cortisol levels; lavender, which boosts mood and offers a slight sedative effect; oat, which is a nutrient-dense nervine common in blends meant to calm the nervous system; and skullcap, a mild sedative with no negative side effects, e.g. drowsiness.
“This combination of herbs works beautifully together to create peace and to build a foundation of stress resilience,” Robinett says. The resultant potion is shelf-stable and can last for years. You can ingest it directly through a dropper or add it to a beverage such as tea.
Watch the video to get the full recipe so you can keep calm and carry on, no matter what life throws at you.