tonic herbs

Feeling tired/run down/icky?

LAZY LEMON ICEE

Needed:

-lemon

-ice

-water

-sweetener of choice (unless you like sour, then go for it)

-blending device

Literally just blend a bunch of ice with however much lemon you want (I do 1:½ ratio. 1 cup ice, ½ a whole lemon) and some cold water and then use whichever sugar/sweetener you prefer. As you drink it, imagine it cleansing your body of any unwanted negativity. Boom. Done. Inner purification.

Tonic Wine Recipes

Tonic wine is a wine in which a single herb or blend of herbs, barks, roots or spices has been macerated for a short period of time. It is a pleasant and effective way of taking tonic & medicinal herbs to aid the digestion & strengthen the body. The most well-known and popular kind of tonic wine is the winter favourite mulled wine, a heated blend of red wine and orange juice infused with Cinnamon, Nutmeg & cloves. It is an excellent cure for the winter blues.

[Tonic Wines are usually best prepared with a medium to sweet white wine, as many people are intolerant to red wine, which can cause headaches. If possible, use an organic wine when making your own tonic wines]

Tonic Herbs

Here’s a selection of herbs used in tonic wines. Wherever possible use fresh herbs (dried roots, berries or barks can also be used). Do not use powdered spices in these recipes, they will be difficult to strain off and leave a gritty taste in the mouth.

These are all suggestions to be added to a 750ml bottle of wine.

Borage (Borago officinalis)

a handful of fresh herb steeped in medium white wine for several hours with the juice of a lemon makes a refreshing & restorative summer drink that lifts the spirits.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

one quill steeped in either red or white medium wine for one week, it sweetens the wine and is warming and stimulating.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

1 piece of root steeped in red or white wine for one week. Ginger is revitalising, warming and stimulating. Good for indigestion & colds.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

a handful of fresh herb steeped in sweet white wine for several hours makes an uplifting & cheering wine, very good for the winter blues.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

a handful of fresh herb steeped in a medium to sweet white wine is a good tonic wine, excellent for settling the stomach.

Sweet Woodruff (asperula odorata)

5g of fresh flowering herbs steeped in medium white wine for 3 hours is an excellent tonic for strengthening the body and mind.

Rosemary Tonic Wine

1 bottle of medium white wine
6 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Open the bottle of wine and insert the sprigs of Rosemary (You may need to pour out a little of the wine so that the herbs will fit in the bottle). Make sure that the herb is completely immersed in the wine. Cork the bottle and leave in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Strain off the herbs and take a small glassful (about 250mls) as a tonic. Rosemary improves circulation, it is also a stimulant, so avoid taking before bed. Take half an hour before meals to aid the digestion.

Note: You should not drink these nor make these if you’re age is under the legal drinking limit in you state, country, etc. Unless you have permission from a parent/guardian (even then). Check here if you’re unsure what your local laws are.

Winter Tonic Recipe!

Winter is coming. But fear not, this natural recipe is a great way to help battle those pesky winter colds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of cut Horseradish ( 3 roots sliced thin)
  • 2 Large Onions sliced
  • 8 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 small sized Ginger Root minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 cups apple cider vinegar

Store in a glass jar in a dark place for one month. Shake once daily. Strain mixture with cheese cloth and pour into an amber bottle with a glass dropper.

Use one dropper several times a day for a cold/sore throat. Add it to honey to disguise the taste. 

Start now to keep your family healthy and happy through the winter season!