I also like to make echinacea tincture at this time of year for the coming cold and flu season. Making it is just as easy as this sleepy time tincture. With most tinctures, it's a ratio of 1 part dried ground herbs to 3 parts vodka steeped for 6-8 weeks. I used to grow my own echinacea and used the dried leaves, stems and flowers, but now I buy it at the herb store. It's nice to be able to take something like this to a friend when they are sick, because I made it myself and it really works! I use it myself too, and I never have to go to the doctor! (I also eat an apple a day!) I'm convinced that natural healing is the way to go. Last year I got off of all prescription meds and it's made a huge difference in my life, health and energy level.
PS: Bill I would love to send you some Sleepy Time tincture