How to Make Your Own Herbal/ Superfood TONICS + Video!

How to Make Your Own Herbal/ Superfood TONICS + Video!

Healing Tonics

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Hot chocolate Healing tonic

I’ve been going back to my old ways lately.  Nope!  Not what you think!  I have been going back to my old herbal knowledge ways.  I actually have a degree in herbalism from The School of Natural Healing from Dr. John Christopher.   It is a wonderful program!  Shortly after completing the program (in 1998 ?), I opened up a small herb shop in town for about a year.  I was ahead of my time and the application for the town.  I had some regulars and people interested in holistic health, but not enough to keep it open. So,  I closed shop and moved onto other pursuits, but never forgot the knowledge I learned and its usage.  I have been re-applying a lot of info. about herbs back into my diet, but in a different way.  Instead of taking capsules of herbs and supplements, I’m making tonics and teas to get the most benefit from them and popping some into my smoothies.  BAM!  It’s working!

Tonics are safe and enjoyable to take on a regular basis to promote the strength, immunity, and energy you need to feel better and stay healthier day after day.  Whether you are feeling stressed or low in energy, wish to boost your mental clarity or increase your stamina, want to ease digestive discomfort or support heart health,  tonics are an all-natural drink (cold or hot)  to meet your individual needs. Nurture your own well-being with easy-to-make recipes.

All superfoods fall into a tonic herb category.  Superfoods are foods that you can eat whole with herbal qualities.  They are very therapeutic.  Tonic herbs usually have superfood qualities, but can’t eat the whole food – you have to make an extract out of it.

Your herb choices are quite expansive! My personal favorites right now are nettle root, oatstraw, pau d’arco, astragulus root, he shou wu, horsetail, gynostemma, goji berries, camu camu, shizandra berries, gynostemma, yerba mate, Maca, lucuma, Shilajit and medicinal mushrooms (such as reishi & chaga).  Don’t be intimidated by all of these if you haven’t made teas like this before, just start with even 3 herbs and you’re on your way to stellar health!

I used to take supplements, pills, etc., however, I rely on tonic herb teas, smoothies, Superfoods and the food I eat for all my nutrition now.  I feel the difference and my body responds well to it.

 

My TOP Herbs/ Superfoods for Tonics:

*Astragalus

The herb of youth and sustained energy is astragalus root.  

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It has been used in China for thousands of years as a whole body supertonic, that strengthens muscle and improves metabolic functions.  Astragalus extracts are immuno-modulating, rich in stress-reducing adaptogenic compounds that help regenerate cell function and healing.  It greatly relieves fatigue and is used by athletes all around the world for peak performance.  Since astragalus is a supertonic herb, it can be used daily and safely with cumulative youthening benefits over a long lifetime.  (source)

*Reishi Mushroom 

This prized fungus may be able to boost your immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.   According to Eastern thought, the body needs to defend itself against threats to its “equilibrium.” These threats can be physical, such as viruses and bacteria that cause infection; emotional, such as stressors that cause anxiety; or energetic, in that they reduce alertness. Whatever the threat, reishi helps the body maintain its defense against these threats to its equilibrium, helping the body to maintain balance. In this sense, diseases like heart disease and cancer mean that the body is out of balance, which is why an equilibrium-enhancing remedy such as reishi can help so many diverse ailments.  Read more here for some astounding proof of this mushroom. (source)

 

**Spirit Reishi- This is the best product that I have come across so far! 

Spirit Reishi - Red Ganoderma Lucidum Extract

It is amazing and I noticed results within days of use.It is not cheap, but I only use one capsule (broken open) into my tonic per day.  You definitely get what you pay for on this one!  I highly recommend it!  I have tried several other Reishi brands and the quality just WAS NOT there.  I had to use 3 to 4 capsules and really didn’t notice anything.  With Spirit Reishi, I feel energized, focused, alive, HAPPY, and balanced yet calm, grounded and revitalized.  This will last a long time for the $ put into it.  It is THE ONE HERB I use consistently among all of them.  It is very bitter and doesn’t require much in your tonic drink or it will be strong and off-tasting.

 

* Maca

 Many herbalists recommend maca as an adaptogen. This means its natural properties work through the adrenal glands to cause adjustments in the body. An adaptogen has the ability to increase your body’s resistance to infection, fatigue, stress and trauma. Maca is believed to behave as a restorative and tonic and to help rebuild weak immune systems and improve your body’s absorption of nutrients. It is believed to do so by supporting endocrine health. The endocrine system is the combination of glands that produce hormones. Hormones are released into the blood stream and act as “messengers” to the tissues and organs. Scientists believe that maca helps regulate hormones, contributing to regulated metabolism, elevated energy levels and an overall feeling of wellbeing. (source)  I like to use this Maca.

* Gymostemma

This is just like ginseng in effect, but from a leaf. It’s been studied almost as much as green tea, but it has no caffeine and has lots more adaptogenic effects.  I love it as a morning or evening tea.  This tonic is carefully crafted to enhance your longevity, adaptability and thrivability.  Throughout Asia, Gynostemma teas are consumed as a daily tea by health conscious folks.  It is commonly used as an adaptability-enhancing anti-aging herb.    It can be consumed in the morning to help you get started for the day.  It can also be drunk at night to help you relax.  One tea bag = 3 cups of tea.

Spring Dragon Longevity Gynostemma Tea

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* Chaga Mushroom

The “King of Mushrooms” is rich in antioxidants, polysaccarides and a host of other substances including melanin to support beauty and immune system robustness. Russia has done countless studies on chaga, proving it to be one of the most important herbs ever used.  Tips For Buying Chaga Mushrooms – very important – READ!  I order my chaga mushroom in bulk (1 pound) and make a tea of it periodically.  A little goes a long way and can be re-used several times to get the most out of it.    I purchase from  fiddleheadheaven.ca.  Dwight Thornton (owner) is a wonderfully friendly, helpful man who knows how to harvest his product responsibly and sustainably.  He wants to protect this important natural resource! He sells chaga in its purest form.  That’s what I want!  (Free land shipping & handling with tracking number, within North America.) *Tip:  After I have made several batches from the 3 TB., I will mix the remains in my dog’s food bowls for medicinal benefits for them – perfectly safe.  


 

* Yerba Mate

In South America, yerba mate has been revered for centuries as the “drink of the gods” and is enjoyed daily for vitality, clarity and well-being. The leaves of the yerba mate tree provide 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants and naturally occurring caffeine. Grown and harvested deep within the rainforest, Yerba Mate has a smooth, rich flavor.  Yerba mate is also known for its adaptogen-like qualities, which include reducing the effects of occasional stress.  I like this tea best in the morning.  The tea bags are great for convenience, but I prefer the loose tea because you can utilize more of the medicinal components from it this way and you get more bang for your buck ($).

 

Yerba Mate Tea – Guayaki (tea bags) or Yerba Mate Tea  – Guayaki (Loose tea)

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* Dandy Blend, Instant Herbal Beverage with Dandelion

Dandy Blend is so versatile that, depending on how much powder you use, it can be everything from a pleasant, nutty roasted tea to a rich, strong espresso. It also is the easiest way to get the benefits of dandelion root into your diet.   Dandelion root aids the liver.  Add one spoonful in a cup of hot or cold liquid, stir, and it is ready to drink. It makes a particularly good iced coffee for use in warm water.  Rich, smooth full-bodied coffee flavor, but no caffeine, acidity or bitterness.  I LOVE this stuff!  It’s also great to add to raw ice creams, puddings, pies, hot chocolate drinks,etc. for a coffee-like taste with NONE of the coffee side-effects.  Just amazing taste and medicinal benefits (win-win to me!)

Dandy Blend Instant Beverage with Dandelion

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* Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds make a tonic super creamy and pack it full of nutrition.  One of the most nutritious and easily digested foods on the earth is the hemp seed. Hemp seeds contain all of the following: protein, essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids. Hemp is truly a food that can sustain all of man’s dietary needs. 

  • Hemp contains more of the beneficial amino acids than proteins such as milk, eggs or meat.   Hemp is a complete source of protein and is easily digestible.    Hemp seed contains almost seven times more omega-3 fatty acids than fish. It also provides an option for those unable to eat gluten, meat, sugar and milk. It is a good addition to a diet for those concerned about avoiding carbohydrates. (source)   Try my Vanilla Cacao Hemp Seed Milk.

 
 

How-To Make A Super Tonic Herb Tea

Bring a few cups of spring water to an almost rolling boil with your chosen herbs in your pot (I highly recommend using glass or a high quality stainless steel – DO NOT USE CHEAP ALUMINUM OR THE LIKE – it will leach into your tea and is BAD for you), turn the heat down and let it simmer for a minimum of 20 minutes. Depending on what roots and herbs you are using, you may need or want to simmer them for longer to extract even more phyto-nutrients. You can also just turn the heat off with the lid on and allow the herbs to steep this way as well.  I’ll sometimes do this at night before going to bed and let steep overnight.  When I get up, the tea is nice and ready (strong) and can be diluted somewhat.  This way I can get more use out of the quantity made up.  Strain well.  Bottle any un-used amount in a glass Mason Jar or larger glass container.  If you want a warm/hot tea, just warm the amount you need for tonic on the stove and it’s ready to go for recipe.

I place my specialty herbs and superfoods, etc. such a Spirit Reishi (break open 1 capsule), Astragalus powder, carob/cacao powder, pinch of salt, sweetener of choice (raw honey, stevia, maple syrup, pitted date) etc. in high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) first, then add the warmed tea or hot water and blend on HIGH till smooth and creamy.  Taste.  Adjust flavors and pour into a glass or mug.  Sip and think positive thoughts about how the tonic is healing you with its medicinal qualities.  That you are worth it and deserve ONLY THE BEST!  That you feed and nourish your body with only THE BEST!  

Every step you take that is positive towards better health for yourself opens you to more wonderful possibilities to come your way.  I LOVE nourishing myself with healthy foods, positive thoughts, healing techniques and modalities that assist me in bringing out the BEST POSSIBLE “Me” and to let that light shine outward. 

Tonic recipe #1

  • 1.5 cups of warm/hot tea (herbal tea of choice, chaga, gynostemma, yerba mate)
  • 1 – 2 TB. carob powder
  • 1 TB. Lucuma powder (optional) or substitute 2 TB. hemp seeds (creaminess)
  • 1/8 tsp. Spirulina powder
  • 1 capsule (broke open into container) Spirit Reishi
  • 1/2 tsp. Maca
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  •  pinch of sea salt
  •  1/4 tsp.vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice (raw honey, maple syrup, stevia) to taste -( I use Vanilla stevia)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder

Blend on HIGH till smooth and creamy.  Taste.  Adjust flavors.  Drink!

Tonic Recipe #2

  • 1.5 cups warm/ hot Chaga tea
  • 1-2 TB. Dandy Blend
  • 1 TB. Maca
  • 1 tsp. Astragalus powder
  • 3 TB. hemp seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice – I used Vanilla stevia
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 TB. cacao or carob Powder

Blend on HIGH till smooth and creamy.  Taste.  Adjust flavors.  Drink!

Hot Chocolate Tonic Recipe #3

 Blend on HIGH till smooth and creamy.  Taste.  Adjust flavors.  Drink!

Immune Boosting Tonic – #4

  • 1.5 cups Hot chaga tea – prepared ahead of time
  • 1 tsp. Astragalus root powder 
  • 1 tsp. Camu camu powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. Pau D’Arco herb
  • A few drops of orange extract
  • A few drops of Vanilla NuStevia
  • pinch of sea salt

 Blend on HIGH till smooth and creamy.  Taste.  Adjust flavors.  Drink!

 Non-Coffee Delicious Tonic

  • 2.5 cups of hot/near boiling water
  • 2 TB. Dandy Blend (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. Reishi mushroom powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Bean Powder
  • pinch of himalayan salt
  • sweetener of choice (raw honey, stevia, a few pitted dates)

Blend on HIGH till smooth and creamy.  Taste.  Adjust flavors.  Drink!

 If you don’t have some of the ingredients, leave them out and use what you do have or substitute another herb or superfood you like.  Create your own blend!

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Kibby

18 Responses »

  1. Can’t say enough how much I love your video’s and post’s, you are just so down to earth, and easy to enjoy. Thank you, (; Great way to start my day, hope you have a wonderful day

    • Debbie! Your words brought such a smile on my face and a warming in my heart! Thank you! I love hearing from you!! This was a great way to start MY day! Talk with you soon! XO

  2. Hi Kibby,
    Thanks so much for your website and the very helpful & useful information!
    I’ll definitely be using your recipes–especially the tonic recipes.
    I was wondering if you would be able to recommend any other reishi and chaga products/brands? The Spirit Reishi is temporarily out of stock and was hoping to purchase something sooner. I’ve tried the Cordyceps powder before and it did not have an effect on me at all. It could have been that I added too much artificial creamers and sweeteners, or maybe the quality wasn’t effective enough for me. I do know that my body seems to react slowly to things.
    I would greatly appreciate any feedback and any other suggestions.
    Thank you so much for all you do!

    • Hi! Thank you so much for your kind words and glad you like what you find here at KBL. The tonics are fabulous! I noticed Spirit Reishi is out of stock and I do have a back-up product I have used before: Dragon Herbs, Duanwood Reishi: http://www.iherb.com/Dragon-Herbs-Duanwood-Reishi-500-mg-100-Veggie-Caps/22865. Check out all the other Dragon Herbs products at iHerb.com for Chaga, Cordyceps, etc. I purchase my Chaga mushroom in 1 lb. ground powder from http://www.fiddleheadheaven.com in Canada – SUPERIOR product. A little lasts a LONG TIME! I don’t drink it everyday but when I do, I feel a difference. 3 TB. to 8 cups of water yields a rich brew and then you can re-use the same “leftovers” in pot for 2 more batches. It is worth it in my opinion. I will use the tea as a base in smoothies to get an extra “OOMPH”. Please don’t add artificial creamers and sweeteners to teas, tonics, etc. TOTALLY defeats the purpose of the healthy, medicinal brew you’re making to ingest. Try using homemade nut milks with Vanilla stevia from NuNaturals (iHerb.com). Quality of products do vary hugely out there. I have some on my FAVORITE products on the PRODUCTS section at top on my website. Hope this helps and thanks so much for reading and sharing. Much appreciated. :)

  3. This was a very informative read! Although the supplements I’ve been taking over the last 2-3 months, have totally turned my life around for the better in spades, I’m growing weary of swallowing and keeping track of so many pills, tablets and capsules. I would much rather make a tonic from tea and supplements. I’m going to give this a try very soon. Thanks!

  4. Hi Kibby I have just found your site !!! and wish I had found it earlier… I love it ..the recipes are amazing. I have a question for you,,and wonder if you could shed any light on this for me. i have been taking tonic herbs for 4 months and feel great I really do feel the benefits but… I have a rash on my chin which is not going away??? Which herbs can have this effect do you know. Thanks again for your website and the recipes.

    • Hi Clare! I would need to find out more information from you. I am so glad you found the site and are loving it – my whole intention. :) I am going to try and contact you directly and see if we can talk and figure out what is going on for you. My pleasure as always.

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    • Hi Julie! Thanks for the mention and Wow! I am so proud of you with your healing journey. Very inspiring! I wish you the best along the journey and let me know if you need anything. Sincerely. xo

  6. Libby, I just found your blog this morning and have already learned so much! I look forward to learning more from you and trying your recipes. Thank you for being right there, right when I need you. Namaste.

  7. Hi, I just found your website and am very excited to try some of your tonic recipes. I was wondering when I go to the fiddleheadheaven site they say that the powder chaga is not recommended for tea, but I noticed and a previous post you said that you buy the powder and use 3 TBS to 8 oz of water. Is that to make a tea? You also mentioned reusing it….does that work for the powder? What is your recommendation for me to buy the powder or the whole mushrooms?

    • Hi Erica! Welcome! You will love the tonics. I use the powder and the small chunks (it is a little confusing, I know). I have both and either work just fine. I make a HUGE pot of tea using the powder or small chunks. Yes, the powder is re-usable – I do it all the time. It’s really your call which one you want to purchase. The tiny chunk form, after several uses, i will add to soups, stews, quinoa dishes to get extra benefit of the mushrooms. They are softer after having been boiled several times. Feel free to contact the owner, Dwight if you have any questions. He is super helpful and nice. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Keep in touch.

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