You may have seen this new "trend” in the media this week - #cleansleeping – coined by the actress Gwyneth Paltrow. She may have invented and brought her own style to it (copper-infused pillows?), but herbalists have been talking about the virtues of a good night’s sleep for hundreds of years.
Tinctures are an alcoholic liquid made by steeping either the fresh or dried herb in different strengths of an alcohol/water solution for several weeks in order to extract the active ingredients of that herb. Most of the time this means a tincture gives a stronger dose of the active ingredient than, for example, a tea. Tinctures also have a much longer shelf life than teas.