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Longevity Tonic

Fo-ti herb (Polygonum multiflorum)This combination of herbs and sweetener makes a delicious spread on toast or crackers. You can also add it to yogurt, nut butter or use it on top of fruit. The cinnamon, cardamom and ginger mask the medicinal herbs completely (see below for health benefits).


1 part ashwagandha root powder
2 parts fo-ti root powder
1 part eleuthero root powder (siberian ginseng)
1 part astragalus root powder
1 part licorice root powder
1/4 part ginger root powder
1 part cinnamon powder
1 part cardamom powder
Honey, to taste *
Fruit juice concentrate, to taste


Mix herbs and spices together. Add honey and fruit concentrate a little at a time until desired consistency is reached. Store your tonic in a tightly covered jar away from heat and light.

Let your own palette guide you when choosing fruit concentrate; apple and pear are good choices as their flavours will blend well with the spices.

* Brown rice syrup or agave nectar can be used instead of honey to make a vegan recipe. These products are a little less sweet than honey. If you are adventurous, you could try blackstrap molasses to get some extra minerals.

Health benefits of medicinal herbs in this recipe:

Ashwagandha is an ancient Ayurvedic herb that is both energizing and soothing. It helps increase the body's overall ability to adapt to and resist stress

Fo-ti is a renowned Chinese herb that has been used by millions of people to increase vitality and inner strength. Modern studies have shown it contains resveratrol and lecithin, two compounds that enhance circulatory function and have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. Although energizing, this herb is also relaxing making it useful during times of anxiety and stress.

Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) helps increase endurance and stamina, and also helps increase resistance to emotional, physical or psychological stress.

Astragalus is an excellent herb or building immune strength and energizing the entire body.

Licorice is an outstanding tonic herb for the endocrine system. It is especially helpful for adrenal exhaustion.

The above information and recipe is from Rosemary Gladstar's Herbs for Longevity & Well-Being. The recipe has been modified slightly from the original.

Before using the above recipe, check with your health care provider to ensure the herbs do not interact with any medication you may be taking and are not contraindicated for any health condition you may have.

Submitted by: Rainbow Natural Foods

"Rosemary Gladstar is very good at coming up with recipes that allow one to take health enhancing herbs in a way that tastes great. This tonic is no exception. If you find the recipe is too sweet, try replacing some of the honey with nut butter. Enjoy! Herbs for this recipe can be purchased online from Frontier."

Robin Russell, Tester

Recipe published: Winter, 2008

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Above photo: Fo-ti plant (Polygonum multiflorum) from Wikipedia, Free Encyclopedia.

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