Tonic Herbs, What Are They? Everything You Need To Know

by Sophia Richmond-Manno August 29, 2018 3 mins read

Tonic Herbs, What Are They? Everything You Need To Know

Tonic herbs. Are you scratching your head, unsure what a tonic herb is? How does it differ from your oregano or coriander? Well never fear, we've got you covered in this article. Join us, soon you'll be a tonic herb specialist ;P

 

Maybe you’ve started hearing whispers about these things called tonic herbs, or you’ve stumbled across the SuperFeast website, InstagramFacebook, the phenomenal podcast... Maybe even had a friend or family member rave on about all the wondrous benefits of tonic herbs and now you’re thinking what the heck are all these peeps talking about and why are they spooning herbs into their tea, coffee and hot elixirs…

Well, Let’s Clarify… What Is a Tonic Herb?

OK, we have a whole podcast episode dedicated to this very topic! Tonic herbs are used to nourish, tone and restore the organ systems of the body, encouraging them to perform at their innate capacity and function. The word tone, which originates from the Latin word “tonus” (meaning “ability to respond”) can be understood in the same regard as “muscle tone". Our organs are specialised muscles, when you tone a muscle it becomes stronger and more responsive, if you want stronger biceps you grab a couple of dumbbells and pump those babies until they’re good and ripped, so if you want fit and healthy organs, tonic herbs are your new best friends.

Tonic herbs were first mentioned in the Emperor Shen Nong's Classic of Herbal Medicine around 2,000 years ago and fall into the “superior herb” category. Superior herbs are the herbs collectively known to be safe, gentle, well-tolerated and effective.

Tonic herbs (superior herbs) do not force the body to change, but rather work with it to adapt, allowing a measured, nourishing and normalising effect to unfold within the body and its systems.

Traditionally tonic herbs are consumed daily to promote longevity and prevent illness, offering nourishment to the vital organs without negative side effects. 

You’re New to Tonic Herbs, Where Do You Start?

So now you’ve discovered that you and tonic herbs are gonna be BFF’s for life where do you start?

When embarking on your journey into the realm of tonic herbalism it is a really wonderful practice to get clear on why you want to begin this journey and what aspect of your physical, emotional and/or spiritual health you’d really love to nurture.

 

To do this I recommend taking a still moment to tap into your intuition, your inner wisdom, and really feel into what is coming up for you.

But also remember: any herb is better than none! You can read about that here. These herbs unfold their medicine in a multidirectional and multidimensional way, so combining a mindfulness ritual when selecting and consuming them, in my humble opinion, can really enhance their effect within the body, mind and spirit. Intention is such a powerful tool and force to work with in any facet of life so why not embrace it when choosing to nourish yourself in this way.


Ok So You’re Clear On What Herb You Want to Take and Why, What’s The Next Step?


Alright so you’ve decided that reishi (for example) is your baby and now you wanna romance this mighty queen so she treats you real fine, whadya do?

 

All SuperFeast herbs are fully extracted and ready to roll (we take the woody, hard, difficult to chew reishi and make it a powder for you). Our extracts are not sensitive to temperature and can be added to any hot or cold food or beverage of choice; no activation needed here guys!

 

To begin simply add ¼ - 1tsp of your desired herbal buddy to hot water. You can add more than one; the tonic herbs will work in synergy with one another. 

epic tonic recipes in our blog

But When Will I See Results?

What a great question. A tricky one, too. We have a full article here, called When Will I See Results. Check it out.

 

Want to dive even deeper in to learning about tonic herbs? Check out our Tonic Herbalism 101 Course. It's free. It's online. It's at your own pace. It's fun. It's informative. What have you got to lose?

Tonic Herbalism 101 Course

Sophia Richmond-Manno
Sophia Richmond-Manno

Her love of helping individuals find their own rhythm and vitality is what makes Sophia tick. Creating content and educating others on the healing effects of tonic herbs, Sophia brings intention and love to all her human interactions. Sophia’s background in naturopathy, paired with her knowledge of the subtle energetics all around, allow her to subtly lead you down the path of your own good health. Sophia is the Customer Service angel at SuperFeast, she is most likely on the other end of the phone when you give us a call.



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