How to Make an Herbal Whole Body Tonic

The goal of this blend is to provide benefits to body as a whole and offer help to every gland, nerve, muscle, vein, artery, and organ in our body. It would be a good blend, not only for those committed to a healthy lifestyle overall, but also for those who want to help their body avoid premature degeneration without additional immediate efforts of re-developing their lifestyle and creating healthy and balanced dietary routine. It is not a “miracle pill”, but its ingredients (with regular use over period of time) help every part of our bodies perform closer to its natural optimum.

How to Make a Herbal Whole Body Tonic: Ingredients and quantities needed for the Whole Body Tonic

¼ part Cayenne, 1 part Licorice, 1 part Mullein, 1 part Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), 1 part Alfalfa, 1 part Gotu Kola, 1 part Ginger, 1 part Lobelia, 1 part Hawthorne Berries, 1 part Kelp, 1 part Nettle leaf, 1 part Gingko, 1 part Saw Palmetto Berries, 1 part Fo-Ti, 1 part Sarsaparilla root 

How to Make an Herbal Whole Body Tonic: Preparation

Using a spice or a coffee grinder, make coarse powder of each herb. Measure and combine all herbs as listed above. To the combined powder add enough slippery elm bark to make up about 10% of the mixture. Slowly add water and mix until your formula achieves consistency of dough. Roll the dough into little balls approximately size of a pea. Dry the herb pills in warm air and store in an air-tight container.

Note: Part refers to measurement by volume (i.e. tablespoon, cup, etc.) 

How to Make an Herbal Whole Body Tonic: Overview of Properties for Herbs in the Above Recipe

Cayenne is one of the finest stimulants (also a good source of calcium and vitamin A) that aid circulation of blood helping bring oxygen and other nutrients to cells in need of repair ( It is a general tonic and is one of the most useful systemic stimulants that strengthens the heart, arteries, capillaries, blood flow, peripheral circulation and nerves (Green, 2000, p. 30). Cayenne will insure the rapid and even distribution of the active principles of the rest of the herbs to critical functional centers of the body (Mowrey, 1986, p. 209).

Licorice, aside from its numerous medicinal properties on its own, modulates and strengthens the activity of other herbs (Mowrey, 1986, p. 290). Licorice is very beneficial in treating adrenal insufficiency and other glandular problems; but can also safely be added to tonics to alleviate any harsh stimulating aspects some of the bitter herbs may have (Tierra, 1998, p. 231).

Mullein is the perfect glandular food ( It provides mucilaginous protection to mucous surfaces helping inhibit the absorption of allergens through those membranes (Mowrey, 1986, p. 131). Mullein leaf is an expectorant, antispasmodic, demulcent, and vulnerary that affects lungs and stomach (Tierra, 1998, p. 162). As an expectorant, it is extremely beneficial respiratory remedy that tones the mucous membranes (Green, 2000, p. 33).

Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) was successfully used in the Soviet Union to ease stress in everyday situations ( Eleuthero is a classic adaptogen that with consistent use produces state of non-specific stress resistance regardless of the stressor, and also improves general resistance to infectious diseases, and reduces damage from radiation (Green, 2000, p. 37). The Chinese recommend Ginseng for anemia, asthma, stomach aches, colds, fevers, colic, depression, dizziness, dropsy, exhaustion, headaches, heart failure, impotence, indigestion, insomnia, lack of appetite, menstrual disorders, nausea, nervous disorders, old age, rheumatism, vascular cramps, and sexual dysfunction (Mowrey, 1986, p. 287).

Alfalfa has a reputation as an appetite stimulant and vitality augmenter, and as a spring tonic it has no equal (Morey, 1986, p. 291). It is a nutritive and restorative tonic used for wasting, improving digestion and assimilation, increasing vitality and strength (Tierra, 1998, p. 84).

Gotu Kola is known for promoting the stimulation of the brain and as help with fatigue relief when taken in small amounts ( It may also offer wonderful benefits to the pituitary gland when used with other herbs. Gotu Kola is also a traditional blood purifier, tonic and diuretic (Mowrey, 1986, p. 289).

Ginger is a stimulant that starts its effect in the capillary, flushing out the “constipated” capillary, driving those wastes into the veins for disposal ( It is a diffusive stimulant that is warming by increasing peripheral circulation (Green, 2000, p. 32). Ginger is of great benefit to the stomach, intestines, and circulation (Tierra, 1986, p. 78).

Lobelia is like mullein a perfect glandular food (

Hawthorne Berries are a celebrated cardiac tonic for many centuries that can help in treatment of high or low blood pressure, tachycardia, and arrhythmia; while it is also anti-spasmodic and soothing to nerves ( This heart tonic of the first order maintains the heart in a healthy condition as it directly affects the cells of the heart muscle, enhancing both activity and nutrition (Green, 2000, p. 32).

Kelp is an important general nutritive tonic which is through cultural studies on Japanese intake of Kelp lined to lower  breast cancer rates, less obesity, less heart disease, less respiratory disease, less rheumatism and arthritis, less high blood pressure, less thyroid deficiency, less constipation, and less infectious disease (Mowrey, 1986, p. 208). It has trace amounts of iodine which helps activate thyroid function and is rich in polysaccharides which have known anticancer properties (Tierra, 1998, p. 313).

Nettle leaf is a spring tonic and a general alterative detoxifying agent which clears out waste-products, strengthens the mucosa of the urinary, digestive, and respiratory systems; and also prevents uric acid build up in joints and is extremely helpful in cases of gout, rheumatism, and arthritis (Green, 2000, p. 33).

Gingko is, aside from long list of other applications, used for improving blood circulation to the brain, improving peripheral blood circulation (Tierra, 1998, p. 140).

Saw Palmetto berries are a tonic that may benefit general health and disposition, stimulate appetite and benefit reproductive health (Mowrey, 1986, p. 209). It is a nutritive tonic benefiting reproductive system (Green, 2000, p. 36), and affecting kidney, spleen, and liver (Tierra, 1998, p. 191).

Fo-Ti has been found to reduce hypertension, blood cholesterol levels and the incidence of coronary heart disease, while in China it is used for “liver and spleen weakness”, vertigo, scrofula, cancer, constipation, and insomnia (Mowrey, 1986, p. 288).

Sarsaparilla root is a refreshing herbal tonic for nerves, blood and glands (Mowrey, 1986, p. 286). It is an alterative and anti-inflammatory tonic that affects liver, stomach and kidneys (Tierra, 1998, p. 189).

How to Take the Whole Body Tonic

Because pea-sized herb pills contain about half the dose of a gelatin capsule (Tierra, 1998, p. 26), most benefits would be achieved by prolonged use of 2 to 4 herb pills daily at every meal. It may be helpful to use more during times of poor health or high stress.

It is my hope that this recipe will inspire you to try preparing your own herbal formula – weather using this specific recipe or creating your own. As always, please feel free to email any of the questions we may be of assistance with.

In Health, Love, and Light,

Daniela Sales
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Disclaimer: The statements in this article are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by or sanctioned by the FDA. Only your doctor can properly diagnose and treat any disease or disorder. The remedies discussed herein are not meant to treat or cure any type of disease. The user understands that the above information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or a pharmacist.


Green, J. (2002). The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook – A Home Manual. Berkley: Crossing Press

Mowrey, D. B. (1986). The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine. Lincolnwood: Keats


Tierra, M. (1998). The Way of Herbs. New York: Pocket Books

Dr Christopher’s Herbal Legacy web site provides information on natural healing with herbs (

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Disclaimer: The statements in this article are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by or sanctioned by the FDA. Only your doctor can properly diagnose and treat any disease or disorder. The remedies discussed herein are not meant to treat or cure any type of disease. The user understands that the above information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or a pharmacist.


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Becki Baumgartner is a certified member of the Academy of Integrated Health & Medicine. Becki graduated from Clayton College in 2011 with a BS in Natural Health, Minor in Herbology, obtained her Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Certification in 2012, and her Tennessee Naturalist Certification in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Master Herbalist Program at the Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She has been a Lead Investigator for Volunteer State Paranormal Research since 2010 and in 2012 joined Natchez Trace Veterinary Services, an Alternative Medicine Veterinary Clinic, as Practice Manager and Herbalist. She is also a volunteer naturalist for Metro Parks and the Nashville Medical Reserve Corps, facilitates a weekly Reiki Share at Center of Symmetry in Nashville, and facilitates Reiki, Herbology and Alternative Health classes and workshops in the Nashville Area. Chat with Becki on Google+ | LinkedIn | Facebook


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