The purpose of a tonic is to improve general health. Tonics must be taken over the long-term (they do not work immediately, but build up your immune system over time), so do not expect any quick fixes. What a tonic does do is allow you to fight off diseases and viruses with your own immune system, thus avoiding getting sick altogether. Tonics were very popular in the 19th century, especially in the spring, when access to fresh produce was non-existent and people were particularly susceptible to getting sick.
Brewing a tonic is no more difficult than brewing a pot of tea, though the taste is more potent. There are many roots and vegetables that can be used, and each has its own special properties, depending on your own needs. Each of us has an area of susceptibility, and the tonic should reflect that.
How to make the tonic
Get a container that has a sealable lid and put about ½ cup to one cup of herbs, either fresh or dried. If they are dried herbs they will break down faster, but fresh herbs work as well. Boil up a quart of water and pour it into the container that has the herbs. Let it seep for 8 hours (making one before bed will ensure you have a tonic to start your day). You should strain the liquid before drinking it, because you don’t want a mouth full of herbs. This does not make a shot of tonic, but a large amount, and you should drink it over the course of the day, so keep taste in mind when you choose which herbs to add.
What should go in Your Tonic?
Each herb has its own healing qualities, so it is important that you understand how your body operates to get the maximum effectiveness out of the tonic. Use as many herbs as you want, and feel free to add honey to your tonic to sweeten the taste.
Apple Cider Vinegar is good for your joints, blood circulation, gallbladder, liver, cleanses the digestive tract, regulates your PH levels, fights fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and food poisoning.
Cumin is good for dental health, stimulates digestion, improves appetite, reduces bloating, regulates blood sugar, benefits the nervous system, is an anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and an anti-oxidant.
Garlic is good for your spleen, pancreas, stomach, kidneys, lungs, skin and hair, stimulates your metabolism, is an anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and it helps regulate blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, and it helps eliminate toxins.
Ginger is good for digestion, blood circulation, respiration, nervous system, and it cleanses, is an anti-parasitic and an anti-inflammatory.
Ginseng will improve your stamina, blood pressure, and immune system. It helps relieve stress, regulate blood pressure, improves memory, and is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxidant. Note that while it does help regulate blood pressure, those with high blood pressure should not use it. It is a paradox, but one worth noting.
Horseradish root will benefit blood circulation, stimulate your lung and colon, is an anti-bacterial, and a great source of iron and potassium.
Onions are good for kidneys, skin and hair, are an anti-viral, antibiotic, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory that can help move heavy metals out of your system.
Spicy Peppers, and there are many different types, help with blood circulation, digestion, benefit the spleen, pancreas, stomach, colon, lungs, and heart, is an anti-parasitic, anti-oxidant, and cleanser. It will dry up mucous and ease congestion.
Turmeric is good for your immune system, spleen, pancreas, liver and stomach, aiding digestion, regulates sugar, cleanses your system, and is an anti-bacterial.