8 Refreshing Tonic Recipes That Will Boost Your Health

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Blending Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic traditions, tonics subtly nourish over time. Unlike caffeine’s jolt, they gently elevate energy, promoting balance and vitality. Typically in powder or tincture form, these tonics are easily mixed into water or beverages. However, their earthy taste might call for creative blending.

It’s important to note that these tonic ingredients lack FDA evaluation. It’s advisable to cautiously test a tablespoon of each in water for potential adverse reactions. If apprehensive, consulting a physician, like new vitamins or supplements, is prudent. Below are some herbal ingredients I personally favor for crafting my tonic blends.

These recipes are perfect for one person, but can be easily adjusted to feed more people. You will need some basic kitchen tools like a blender, a piece of cloth, and a pot to make these recipes.

Rejuvenating Tonic

1 tablespoon ashwagandha

1 tablespoon mucuna pruriens

1 teaspoon raw honey

1 to 2 cups hot water (according to taste)

Almond milk

This tonic is excellent for balancing the nervous system and doshas. I take it when I need to lift my spirits, even out my moods, and feel my vitality. Mix the ashwagandha, mucuna pruriens, and honey in a cup in the hot water. Place some almond milk in a blender and blend on high speed until frothy, then scoop out the foam to top the drink. (Save the remaining liquid for another use.)  

Restful Radiance Tonic

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1 cup milk, preferably raw 

1 teaspoon ghee

1 teaspoon Shatavari

1 teaspoon raw honey

This tonic is lovely after a long day and will help you get into your beauty sleep. It also helps balance Vata and Pitta issues; the ghee nourishes ojas with healthy fat. Warm the milk in a saucepan. Add the ghee, Shatavari, and honey and stir until the ghee and honey have dissolved. Pour into a cup.  

Celestial Nog 

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1 cup raw sprouted pumpkin seeds

1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

1 teaspoon maple syrup

1 cup coconut cream

3 Medjool dates, soaked (optional)

1 tablespoon tocos

1 teaspoon pine pollen

½ teaspoon ho shou wu

½ teaspoon mucuna pruriens

½ teaspoon astragalus

1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

⅛ teaspoon freshly ground cardamom

⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

⅛ teaspoon turmeric

⅛ teaspoon sea salt

The holidays are a time to bask in the golden light of love and abundance. I adore everything about Christmas— including eggnog. However, traditional eggnog is full of sugar and dairy, and I am sensitive to both. A few seasons ago, my friend Nitsa Citrine of Sun Potion and I created this holiday treat that captures the yuletide flavor and leaves us feeling healthy, vibrant, and joyful. In addition to being delicious, it will give your immune system a much-needed boost during a stressful, busy time of year. 

Make the pumpkin seed milk: In a bowl, soak the pumpkin seeds in water to cover overnight in the refrigerator (if left at room temperature, it can mold). In the morning, strain the seeds, put them in a blender, and blend them with 2 cups water. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth, discarding the solids. Put the liquid back in the blender and mix with the vanilla and maple syrup. 

Warm the pumpkin seed milk in a saucepan, not bringing it to a full boil to preserve living enzymes. Remove from the heat. Add the coconut cream, dates (if using), herbs, spices, and salt. Put the mixture in the blender and pulse for about a minute at high speed. Pour into a cup and garnish with a final pinch of spice for a beautiful touch.  

Summer Lover Tonic 

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12 ounces jun or kombucha

2 teaspoons pine pollen

1 teaspoon mucuna pruriens

A squeeze of lemon juice

Raspberries, for garnish

Strawberries, for garnish

Mint leaves, for garnish

In addition to being an excellent aphrodisiac, pine pollen contributes to immune health, balanced hormones, and firm, clear skin. I like to mix it with jun, a bubbly fermented drink made from green tea and honey, or kombucha to make this refreshing pick-me-up. 

Pour the jun or kombucha into a drinking glass, add the pine pollen and mucuna pruriens, and stir until mixed well. Add the lemon juice, then garnish with berries and mint leaves.  

Immune-Boosting Tonic

1 gynostemma tea bag

1 cup hot water

1 teaspoon reishi

1 teaspoon chaga

1 teaspoon cordyceps

Coconut sugar or raw honey to taste (optional)

Coconut milk to taste (optional)

Cardamom, for sprinkling

Cinnamon, for sprinkling

stemma is a balancing herb that encourages reflection and self-awareness. It naturally calms the digestive tract and lowers blood pressure. It responds to your body’s needs as an adaptogen, so it is comforting when you are overexcited and provides energy when you need stimulation. It can help you cope with trauma and fatigue, and you can drink as much as you like, as it is impossible to overdo it. I want to use it as a base for a wellness tonic that harnesses the power of mushrooms (an excellent way to protect yourself during cold and flu season). The mushrooms taste very bitter, so I sweeten them with coconut milk, spices, and a little honey or coconut sugar. 

Step the gynostemma in hot water in a bowl for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and combine with the reishi, chaga, and cordyceps. Add the sweetener and coconut milk (if using) and blend until frothy. Pour into a cup and top with a sprinkle of cardamom and cinnamon.  

Cacao Maca Cloud Smoothie

2 cups almond milk

1 banana

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon maca

1 tablespoon cacao

1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Dash of cinnamon

Raw honey to taste

4 ice cubes

Crushed cacao nibs for garnish (optional)

I love chocolate, and smoothies are an addiction in my house; this recipe combines both. I always joke that it should come with a warning because maca can really elevate the libido. I know a lady whose husband is very pleased when she makes maca smoothies! This smoothie is both filling and rich in nutrients. The banana in it is a good source of potassium and magnesium, while the chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids. Maca is always a pick-me-up, so I’ll often make this smoothie to get me going in the morning or when my adrenals need an extra boost in the afternoon. 

To make a healthy and delicious drink, put some almond milk, banana, chia seeds, maca, cacao, vanilla, coconut oil, cinnamon, honey, and ice in your blender. Blend everything together for about 2 minutes, then pour the mixture into a glass. If you want to add texture to your drink, you can top it with crushed cacao nibs. Enjoy your tasty and nutritious beverage!

Magical Matcha

¾ cup almond milk

1 teaspoon matcha

¼ cup hot water

½ teaspoon pine pollen

½ teaspoon mucuna pruriens

1 teaspoon tocos

I love matcha for its sweet, grassy flavor and because it is rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants, boosting the metabolism while calming the mind. It also helps neutralize free radicals, which can help prevent premature aging. I like to make this latte in the morning. 

Heat the almond milk in a saucepan. Whisk the matcha with the hot water until blended in a bowl or cup. Put both liquids in a blender with the pine pollen, mucuna pruriens, and tocos and blend until smooth. Pour into a cup.  

Golden Milk

⅛ teaspoon turmeric

½ cup water

8 ounces of milk, preferably raw or any kind of milk or nut

milk that you like

2 tablespoons almond oil

Raw honey to taste

⅛ teaspoon cardamom or ghee (optional)

⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)

Golden milk is one of my favorite tonics. I often have it in the morning or as a delicious after-dinner treat. I find it incredibly soothing and comforting, and a few years ago, in the middle of a very emotionally taxing time, Golden Milk was the only thing that consistently sounded good to me. It is full of anti-inflammatory turmeric, which aids stiff joints and improves brain function. Blending turmeric with a bit of black pepper enables the body to more easily absorb the turmeric, and the almond oil is a dose of healthy fat.

Combine the turmeric, water, milk, almond oil, and honey in a blender. Pulse until well blended, strain the liquid through cheesecloth into a cup, discarding the solids. Drink warm or cool, topped with cardamom or ghee and pepper (if using). 

Look at  17 Best Herbs to Boost Energy and Balance your systems to incorporate into your tonic blends.

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