What is Tonic Herbalism? Rachael Keener, June 25, 2015



Tonic herbalism is all about taking simple initiative to care for your well-being. Many herbs and virtually all medicine focuses on sickness. Why wait for something to go wrong before you attend to the health of your mind and body? Sure, sickness is part of the human condition and is sometimes inevitable. It’s important to have the tools to care for yourself in those times.

Tonic herbalism, however, builds your foundation of health– physical as well as mental & emotional. In supporting your body’s long-term well-being, you are less susceptible to illness and the effects of chronic stress on the body.  At the same time, you’re also supported in accessing your very best on a day-to-day basis.


When something is classified as a tonic, it implies that it is meant to be taken regularly over the long-term with the purpose of toning and strengthening the body’s systems.  Tonic herbal formulas generally include herbs that are very gentle, safe and nourishing. They feature many herbal superstars like the adaptogenic herbs eleuthero, licorice, maca and schisandra. They also often include mushrooms like reishi and other plants that support a balanced immune response. In a well-balanced blend, you will find an aromatic synergist like ginger that ties the formula together and helps direct it in the body.

At Urban Moonshine, we’re especially passionate about tonic herbalism and helping people take a pro-active, educated role in their own health and well-being. As a staff of trained, experienced herbalists, we know firsthand just how impactful herbal tonics can be–so we created a whole line of them that include […]

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