Well, what an amazing stream on Tuesday night! I went in with some expectations of myself (did you catch me squinting at my run sheet?), but I couldn’t have imagined that you guys, the Twitch community, would be so supportive. Thank you so much guys, you really made it a wonderful evening.
When I first took up streaming, I had no idea that I would be combining two passions of mine: natural medicine and RPGs! As a raid healer from World of Warcraft, creating a potion like this seemed poignant. Over Discord or Vent (those were the days!), the healing team would be rotating our cool-downs all whilst trying to push a raid boss for server firsts. One would be out of action for what seemed like eternity, while the rest of us would pick up the slack.
The Dreamless Sleep Potion is a low-level alchemy potion from vanilla World of Warcraft. It was added in patch 1.11, and whilst a useful potion to have, being a healer down for 12 seconds wasn’t always ideal in dungeon scenarios. Not only does it revive health and mana, up until patch 2.3 it had another use as well. With the introduction of flying mounts, players could use the potion to prevent falling deaths from mid-air ganks
To create the potion in World of Warcraft, the potion requires:
- Level 230 skill in alchemy
- 3 purple lotus
- 1 crystal vial
When creating the potion in real life, I considered what herbs would recreate the fantasy of using such a consumable: how do I make it therapeutically active? It needed to make one sleepy, heal and restore the imbiber. I decided on Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender) and Melissa officinalus (lemon balm).
Lavender is a well-known herb of the Lamiaceae family is used for sleep, relaxation, pain relief and as an anti-inflammatory. There are 47 different species of lavender, but English lavender in particular has high levels of linalyl acetate and linalool in its volatile oils. The flowering tops of the plant are used, either fresh or dry, and it’s constituents can be extracted in a variety of solvents.
Lemon balm, also of the Lamiaceae family, has long been used in herbal medicine and cooking. It is traditionally known as a sleep aid and mood enhancer, and contemporary research is uncovering it’s role as sedative and anxiolytic: the plant is believed to increase GABA in the brain, resulting in its calming effect. The leaves of fresh or dried plant are used, and again, can be extracted in a variety of solvents.
Dreamless Sleep Potion
I am aiming for a 2g of lavender and 2g of lemon balm dose. If you want to adjust the extract ratios, remember you will need to factor this in to your final measurements.
Skill level required: Apprentice Journeyman Expert Master
Gather the following mats:
- Measuring cylinder
- 670mL of vodka*
- Beetroot juice, or whatever flavour you prefer
- Large bowl
- Filter paper or coffee filter paper
- Two clean linen tea towels
- Two 400mL glass bottles
- 70g dried lavender flowers
- 40g dried lemon balm leaves
- Glass to serve (or any fancy goblet, jar or container you wish! I used test tubes from Ikea)
*I used 37% alcohol for the stream. Ideally, 45% or above is best for extracting volatile oils. It just means that less volatile oils will be extracted, and more saponins, bitters, glycosides and tannins are extracted, depending on your selected ingredient.
- Add 70g of lavender leaves and 350mL of vodka to the blender. This proportion of lavender to vodka is a 1:5 extract ratio (1g of herb for every 5mL of solvent).
- Close the lid and pulse.
- Place a linen tea towel over a bowl.
- Scoop out the mix onto the tea towel.
- Gather the edges of the tea towel together, and press. The liquid will be squeezed out into the bowl.
- Prepare a glass bottle, with a funnel and filter paper in the top.
- Filter the liquid through the paper. This can take some time, so be patient!
- Once it has finished filtering, remove the funnel and the paper, seal the bottle and label it with the name of the herb, the extract ratio and the date you made it.
- Wash your equipment.
- Add 40g of lemon balm leaves to 320mL of vodka to the blender. This will make a 1:8 extract ratio of lemon balm.
- Repeat steps 2-8.
- To get a final dose of 2g of lavender and 2g of lemon balm, add 10mL of the lavender and 16mL of lemon balm extract to a glass. Remember, if you adjusted your extract ratios, you will need to recalculate how many mLs will be used here.
- Top with beetroot juice.
When you are done packing up, store the extracts in a dry, dark and cool place. They should keep for at least 6 months as alcohol is a preservative, but if you are concerned there are food grade preservatives available from suppliers.
Keep up to date when I go live by following me on Twitch. Streaming video games or brewing herbal creations every Tuesday evening.
Disclaimer: recipes provided are for entertainment purposes only, and should never replace the advice of your healthcare professional.