An elixir is a tonic prepared as a tincture. Because it is typically brandy-based and sweetened with honey and/or herbal syrup, it is slowly sipped in small amounts and enjoyed as an aperitif. This formula features potent adaptogenic herbs to help support adrenal function, boost immunity and increase energy.
2 parts damiana leaf
2 parts fo-ti
2 parts ginger root
2 parts licorice root
2 parts sassafras root bark
1 part astragalus
1 part Chinese star anise
¼ part saw palmetto berries
Asian ginseng roots (2 per quart of elixir)
Black cherry concentrate
Place all ingredients in a large glass jar and cover with brandy. Cap and store the jar in a cool, dark place for 6-8 weeks, giving it a turn or shake now and then. Strain and discard the herbs, reserving the liquid. For each cup of reserved liquid, add ½ cup black cherry concentrate. Rebottle and label. To use, sip and enjoy ¼ cup after a meal.
Safety Precautions: Not suitable for young children or pregnant or nursing women. Check with your health care practitioner before using this formula if you have diabetes or a history of liver disease. Do not consume two weeks before scheduled surgery.
Recipe excerpted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health © 2001, 2008 by Rosemary Gladstar. All rights reserved.