Introducing Our First Tincture: Take The Edge Off - Your New Fave for Instant Stress & Tension Relief
Jan 05, 2023
Need stress relief, like, now? Meet Take the Edge Off: our first-ever tincture and quickest herbal formula for providing stress relief right when you need it.
We formulated Take the Edge Off with powerful nervine herbs that ease symptoms of stress in the moment. Like the name implies – nervine herbs are a class of plants that specifically target the nervous system. They can help reduce muscle tension and tension headaches, calm restlessness and irritability, and in higher doses, support sleep.
Though similar to Stop Your Wine-ing in overall function, the blend contains powerful extracts that work more rapidly in the body. The herbs have already been extracted through a special process that makes them more bioavailable to the bloodstream, so you get the functional benefits quicker with a smaller dose of herbs since they don’t need to go through the digestive process to be absorbed. The herbs are first extracted with alcohol to release the most potent medicinal benefits but then the alcohol is fully evaporated – leaving an alcohol-free extract preserved in vegetable glycerin.
The easy-to-carry bottle makes it simple to ease feelings of anxiety and tension on the move – take a dose while at your desk, traveling, wrangling kids, or in a hurry. For Take the Edge Off, we paired bitter green herbs with ripe stone fruits, lemon peel, and white mulberry to evoke flavors reminiscent of white wine. The base of the blend – vegetable glycerin – is a naturally sweet liquid, adding a sugar-free, natural sweetness to any pairing.
Additionally, Take the Edge Off is 100% certified organic and third-party tested, making it a high-integrity addition to your herbal medicine cabinet (or mocktail bar cart)!
The functional herbs and plants in Take the Edge Off include:
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a beautiful climbing vine native to the Americas. You may be familiar with the tasty tropical fruits produced by the vine. In herbalism, however, the flowers hold the primary medicinal value. For centuries, it has been used as a traditional remedy for insomnia, anxiety, and pain. Current research studies and clinical trials have proven its continued value for the nervous system as well. Used acutely and overtime, passionflower cools and tones the nervous system. In a recent study, participants given an extract of the herb felt an anxiolytic effect similar to relaxant medication prior to a surgical procedure. It can help reduce acute stress and feelings of anxiety, without many reported negative side effects. Around the menstrual cycle, it can help ease painful cramps and irritability. During menopause, it can uplift mood and help with insomnia and middle-of-the-night waking.
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) is in the mint family and is a plant native to North America. For centuries, Native Americans have used the leaves and flowers to curb nervousness, menstrual imbalances, and digestive problems. Extracts of skullcap have been traditionally used to ease stress induced headaches in the front or base of the skull and even migraines. Today, it is most commonly utilized in herbal medicine as a sedative and a nervine to relieve stress. Skullcap has shown to have anxiolytic and mood-elevating benefits without a reduction in cognition and energy – which can be common occurrence with anti-anxiety medications. It can tone the nervous system, is antispamodic, and can be sedative in larger doses. Lastly, skullcap can calm nervous irritation and it is indicated for those who get a “nervous belly”.
Linden (Tilia spp.) is a large tree (up to 90 feet!) that has been utilized in European folk medicine for hundreds of years. Though native to Europe, you can find the long-lived linden trees growing in temperate climates worldwide – often in city parks. The fragrant flowers and leaves are within our Take the Edge Off tincture – and give it its emollient qualities that soothe our nervous and cardiovascular systems. Traditionally, a linden tea was steeped to calm the nerves and reduce symptoms of anxiety – such as indigestion, rapid heart rate, and nausea. Other historic uses of the plant include easing tension headaches and migraines, reducing muscle spasms, improving sleep, and even as a diaphoretic for reducing fevers. Linden tea is still widely consumed throughout Europe for its stress-relieving and digestive-soothing qualities, as well as to curb common cold and flu symptoms. Modern research on the medicinal constituents of linden have revealed its cardiotonic properties. A cardiotonic is a plant that has beneficial and nourishing actions on the heart and blood vessels.
Oatstraw (Avena sativa) is a gentle nervine and highly nutritive herb. It comes from the same plant as the common oat. While the mature and dried seed of the plant is what is found in our breakfast bowls, the immature milky seed heads and green, unripe leaves and stems (oatstraw) are used medicinally. The straw is rich in silica, vitamin E, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, and antioxidants. The high nutrient content and gentle qualities can help support a taxed nervous system. It gently nourishes and soothes the nervous system, helping to regulate stress, combat nervous exhaustion, and uplift mood. Traditional and modern use demonstrate its possibilities for calming nervous conditions and even relieving symptoms of withdrawal. A study showed extracts of oats can benefit cognitive function – both working memory and multitasking abilities – and also improve our response to stressors.
The fruits within Take the Edge Off primarily function to give the formula the same vibe as a class of white wine, but they also contain their own medicinal benefits. They are extracted in the same way as the herbs in the tincture are– in their whole form for the best quality, flavor, and function. White mulberries are particularly rich in antioxidants, helping to reduce free radical damage in the body. Extracts of the berries have also shown anxiolytic and memory improvement possibilities. Like mulberry, lemon peel has demonstrated its antioxidant properties that have a protective effect within our body systems. Citrus peels also have a calming and uplifting effect on our nervous systems. White nectarine and pear are rich in vitamins and round out the flavor of the entire blend.
So, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re on-the-go or able to sit back and relax, it’s not a little easier to Take the Edge Off.
About Casie Giroux
Casie Giroux is a Clinical Herbalist with a background in communication sciences, herbal product formulation and creation, sustainable wildcrafting, teaching, and organic farming. She attended the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, CA and earned certificates in three progressive programs: Body Systems, Roots of Herbalism, and the Community Herbalist clinical program. When she’s not assisting Apothékary clients with their health and product questions, you can find her growing her own food and medicine, foraging for abundant plants, camping by the water, and cooking up herbal-infused foods.