Nutritional Tonic Recipes  

Nutritional tonics are one of the best places to start for helping to heal general feelings of depression, anxiety, poor sleep and general fatigue and malaise.  Nutritional tonics are generally safe for most folks and often address root problems.  As opposed to taking herbs for symptomatic relief (like taking a strong calmative tincture or smoking that weed), nutritive tonics get to the core issues so common in our society such as nutritional depletion, poor gut absorption and inflammation.  These are herbs that are most like food and can be taken regularly and daily.  My rule of thumb is to not continue one herb for more than a couple weeks but to rotate your tonic herbs and take breaks for a week or two from time to time.

Nutritional tonics are often called “blood builders” in folk medicine because they enrich the body with a steady supply of vitamins and minerals that can be carried by the blood to all parts of the body to build and repair cells and tissues.  To take a look at the importance of minerals and vitamins and some of the most nutritionally dense herbs, take a look here.

Some nutritional tonic herbs have specific affinity for organ systems.  Hawthorn berry is a heart tonic.  Nettle seeds are an adrenal tonic.  Dandelion and burdock are considered hepatic metabolic tonics.  Astragalus is an immune tonic with an affinity for protecting and healing the lungs and the digestive system.

Here is a list of some of the main nutritional tonic herbs.

Amla, astragalus, alfalfa, basil, borage, burdock, cacao, chicory, dandelion, elderberry,  goji berry, hawthorn berry, holy basil,  lion’s mane, maitake, mate, moringa, mullein, nettles, oat straw raspberry, red clover, reishi,  sage, schisandra,  seaweeds, shitaki, skullcap, spearmint, yellow dock, zizyphus

Take a look at ideas for both nutritional teas and recipes for herbally infused soups, salads and supplemental powders to take.