With Valentine's Day right around the corner, as well as my anniversary, I've been doing a lot of thinking about love! It's in the air, what can I say? :) What better way to show our love to the people we care about, but by helping them stay healthy and happy!? Herbal tonics are honestly THE BEST way to make sure the you stay healthy for a lifetime of loving!
What's An Herbal Tonic?
Tonics are a little different from herbal tinctures due to the fact that they are "multi-directional".
By that, I mean that they often do not have an intended target or specific purpose necessarily but they are overall restorative. Tonics have a balancing effect.
For example, elderberry tincture is excellent in helping boost white blood cell counts, therefore kicking the immune system into overdrive. However, someone who is struggling with an over responsive immune system, (is having an allergic reaction or an autoimmune disease) may want to think twice before taking elderberry. This herb is uni-directional and helps to accomplish one task. Echinacea, on the other hand, would make a great tonic herb. It helps to restore balance to the immune system by recognizing what the immune system needs.
(I.e. Too many white blood cells or too little white blood cells) It helps to restore balance!
Herbal Remedies At Their Finest
Honestly, when I started researching tonics and why they are used, I was a bit surprised! Isn't this what everybody is looking for and wants - an herbal remedy that helps to restore and maintain optimal health? That is what an herbal tonic contributes to: our well being, restoration, and balance.
So let's get to that heart tonic! What better way to kick off the love season?
Make Your Heart Happy With This Hawthorn Heart Tonic
Adapted from The Herbal Academy of New England
Hawthorn Berries, whole
- 1 Tbsp.
- 1 tsp.
Cinnamon Stick, crushed
- 1 Tbsp.
1. Measure 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Add hawthorn berries and soak for 1-2 hrs.
2. Bring water to a boil, then lower heat and simmer.
3. Add cinnamon pieces, cover the saucepan then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
4. Add rose petals then cover again. Steep for another 10 minutes. Strain and serve!
Because tonics are restorative their dosages are a bit more flexible, however please use wisdom and consideration when taking any herbal remedy. We recommend drinking 1 cup of this tonic 2-3 times a day!
Did you know what are tonics are good for? What is your favorite tonic?