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Cleansing Spring Tonics

What better time to "spruce up" our bodies than spring? Maybe you'll want to try a cleansing fast, or start a new exercise regime. Whatever else you do for your health, be sure to include tonics!

Tonic Tea for All

Not all herbs are tonic herbs. Tonic herbs are bi-directional, which means they can either increase or decrease the activity of a system, as needed. Some tonic herbs have an overall affect on several bodily systems, while others address a narrow range of processes.

Tonics can be taken in many forms, including tinctures, extracts, capsules – but teas are easy to prepare and nurturing to sip. Whenever possible, use organic herbs for tonic teas.

Red clover blossoms2 parts burdock root
1 part dandelion leaf
2 parts echinacea c/s
1 part ginger root c/s
1 part licorice root c/s
1 part nettle leaf c/s
2 parts red clover blossoms
2 parts sarsaparilla

Combine herbs and mix well. To make tea, use 2 teaspoons herb blend per cup of water. Steep for 5 to 7 minutes and strain. Drink up to 4 cups per day as a spring tonic.

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Ask the Experts

I've heard that completely different herbs sometimes have the same name - how can I be sure of what I'm getting?

Over the centuries, the same common names have sometimes unknowingly or mistakenly been applied to different plants. Frontier uses common names from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) publication, Herbs of Commerce, and also lists the botanical name, the unique two-word Latin name consisting of a genus and species, used by botanists for scientific identification. Burdock is Arctium lappa, for example. You can use the botanical name to verify that you're getting the exact plant you're looking for.

How should I store my herbs to maximize their effectiveness?

To keep your herbs at their best, you need to protect them from light, heat and moisture. The optimum conditions are achieved by putting the herbs in tightly sealed glass jars and storing them in a dark, cool (below 70 F) cupboard.

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