“‘This will give you dreamless sleep,’ Maester Luwin said as he pulled the stopper from the jar. ‘Sweet, dreamless sleep.’” -A Clash of Kings
Sweetsleep Infusion Mixture
This post will benefit from a small bit of back story.
Several months ago, after suffering from bouts of fitful sleeping, I sought a remedy in the form of the huge bulk herb bins at a local co-op. I played around with a few combinations, finally settling on the one below. Then, being one of the biggest geeks I know, I started referring to it as “Sweetsleep”.
This version of Sweetsleep is true to its name, if not strictly like the concoction described in the books. The biggest difference: ours won’t result in death. I’d say that’s a pretty good improvement. It does, however, result in a nice knockout sleep (although not strictly dreamless), and is absolutely delicious with honey.
And for extra fun, why not get a fabulous IatC Sweetsleep Jar to put it in?
Cook’s Notes: I usually just wing the amounts on this one, with a pinch here and there, going by intuition. However, that makes for a lousy recipe, so the measurements below should be just about right.
- 3 Tbs. dried chamomile
- 3-5 small dried rosebuds
- 2 tsp. willow bark
- 2 tsp. lemonbalm
- 1 tsp. valerian
- 1 tsp. saigon cinnamon, or a cinnamon stick to stir with
- honey to taste
Combine all ingredients in a medium teapot, then add 3-4 cups of boiling water. Allow to steep for several minutes, then pour through a strainer into serving mugs. Adjust sweetness to taste with honey, and enjoy!
Makes enough for ~ 3 small mugs.