Guest Author - Rebecca Lee Graf
If you have ever read older books or watched old movies, you might have heard of someone taking their “tonic”. Some of those cases might have meant their whiskey or brandy, but many were referring to herbal mixtures that they took on a regular basis for particular ailments or regions of the body. These were their herbal tonics.
Herbal tonics are herbs that are ingested regularly. They can be taken as infusions, tinctures, or decoctions. Many teas are tinctures that are used as herbal tonics. These herbal tonics can target stomach ailments, female issues, ear disorders, bone problems, circulatory system, and even the reproductive system.
The Digestive System - Herbs that can be brewed and used regularly for the digestive system are rue, bayberry, chamomile, garlic, dandelion, angelica, black root, wormwood, Golden Seal, and mugwort just to name a few.
The Circulatory System - Mistletoe, garlic, ginseng, and hawthorn berries are a few for any circulatory system.
Bone Issues - Black cohosh, sarsaparilla, boneset, and angelica are some of the herbs that have been said to work on bone and joint problems.
How are these herbal tonics developed? Here are a few to get you started:
Golden Seal Infusion - To create an herbal tonic using Golden Seal just infuse about 1 teaspoon of the herb and 1 cup boiling water. Drink it after 15 minutes and up to three times a day. (Warning: avoid during pregnancy)
Black Cohosh Infusion - Follow the same procedure as the Golden Seal Infusion.
Herbal tonics are easy to make and usually found in tea mixtures. Learning to make your own teas might be beneficial. If you do not want to do all that, discover which type of herbs you want to take in and discuss with your tea source the right tea that will meet your needs.
If you have a specific condition that you are addressing and/or a particular tonic that you take, keep the mixture handy. A jar of it near your tea and cooking supplies works. Even carrying a small tin of it will help you will you are out shopping or with friends. Just ask the waiter for a cup of hot water so that you can make your own tea concoction.
Herbal tonics might be something you are interested in. Any time you begin working herbs, consult an herbalist or a doctor. Check for any possible drug interactions. Verify that the specific herb is safe for you at this time. Treat herbs with respect.