This is something I've been doing for years because the root tincture makes me jittery instead of relaxed.
I've always done a tincture, but Susan Hess from The Stillroom at Pitch Pines (formerly Farm at Coventry) mentioned that she has been making an elixir with the flowers, and loves it. Others said that they found the flowers more relaxing than the root (plus the root is hard to dig and clean).
Having all the ingredients, this morning was a perfect time to try this out, and I used the instructions that Sue generously provided. Depending on the herb, sometimes you use more or less honey... a different alcohol... but this is what Sue suggested and oddly enough, I actually followed a recipe for once.
#1 Fill a jar with valerian blossoms.
#2 Add honey to the jar until it is half full
#4 Fill jar to the top with brandy.
#5 Mix well to get any air pockets out, and top with brandy again if needed.
#6 LABEL WELL
#7 Shake mixture every day or so for a month.
#8 You can either leave it as is until you need it, or strain and bottle.
Tomorrow I think it will be lemon balm.
In the meantime, I'm gathering cleavers seeds for another friend.
This time of year is a lot of fun!