Red River Herbs


SAD Relief Tincture

1 oz. dropper bottle: $12

This formula is inspired by David Winston’s classic herbal recipe for mild and seasonal depression. It provides emotional relief when we are grappling with sorrow and melancholy. The tulsi and lemon balm were organically grown in my herb garden. St. John’s Wort, a plant that’s not available in the South, was gathered and sent to me by an herbalist in Oregon. Everything has been tinctured fresh in order to capture the fullest and most potent range of constituents.

St. John’s Wort: Hypericum has been the subject of many clinical trials that support its antidepressant activity. Unfortunately, it is basically useless when dried--when taking SJW, it’s extremely important to extract the fresh, flowering tops. Traditionally harvested on midsummer (aka St John’s Day)--bottled sunshine! In addition to its impact on mood, it’s the premiere herb for supporting people with nerve damage and the accompanying pain.

Lemon Balm: Arab physicians have noted as early as 1000 that lemon balm “causes the mind and heart to be merry”--wherever lemon balm grows, people have made use of it for everything from fevers, to cold sores, to digestive upsets. Classically paired with St. John’s Wort as a mood elevator. A lovely, potent, and revitalizing plant.

Holy Basil/Tulsi: A calming nervine that both regulates your reaction to stress while protecting your body from its harmful effects. Has been shown to protect tissues and organs from chemical, physical, psychological, and metabolic stress. Tulsi supports clear thinking and helps you cut through the fog. It’s an immunomodulator as well, and helps regulate and strengthen your body’s immune response. A fragrant and uplifting herb, it is extremely storied and frequently used in Hindu and Ayurvedic traditions.

Contraindication: Through its impact on liver metabolism, St John’s Wort interferes with/decreases the effectiveness of many drugs, including hormonal birth control. I do not advise use for anyone who relies on pharmaceutical drugs for their well-being.


fresh St. John's wort, homegrown lemon balm, homegrown tulsi, spirits, organic vegetable glycerin


Take three dropperfuls in about a shot glass worth of water (or directly into your mouth). If you are sensitive, you may want to start smaller.

Take up to 3 times per day.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.