It has been almost a year since I first met Scott and Nitsa of Sun Potion and was introduced to the magical world of tonic herbs and superfoods. As I have shared more about this incredible company, from a very special interview with Scott and Nitsa that can be read here, to a Sun Potion Instagram Takeover and many experiments + recipes dreamed up in the kitchen, one theme has remained. Everyone wants to learn more. So many of you have written, asking questions and ready to begin your journey. You want to understand what the tonic herbs and superfoods are, where they come and how you can incorporate them into your life.
I am over-the-moon excited to introduce today’s guide. In collaboration with Sun Potion we have put together a comprehensive look at all of the herbs Sun Potion shares, what they are, the benefits and how you can enjoy them in your life.
Whether you are just starting out, have questions or need a refresher, this guide is for you. I am infinitely thankful to both Scott and Nitsa for all they have taught me and can honestly say since incorporating these nourishing herbs and superfoods into my diet, I have reached new vibrations of feeling better than I ever have. There is no rush on your journey, these herbs are meant to be ingested over a lifetime. This isn’t a fad diet or a once-in-awhile remedy, once you start enjoying these medicinal plants, your mind and body will be forever thankful.
My goal has always been to inform you about the benefits of these wondrous plants and remove any intimidation or questions you may have. If you do have more questions, feel free to ask in the comments below and they will be answered. I hope you find this guide helpful, it is full of love and valuable information that can support you in so many ways.
As always, please contact your healthcare provider for any medical questions you may have. Have FUN + let’s embrace these plants as a community and celebrate all they do for us!
Let’s start off with exactly what a tonic herb is:
A dual – directional plant which is intended to be consumed in small, consistent amounts as a potent, nutrient-rich, medicinal food. These therapeutic plants help the body adapt to stressors, rise above common ailments, and generally help people to feel great!
What is the best way to ingest these herbs?
In small doses (½ – 1 tsp/ day) over a radiant and full lifetime.
Your favorite liquid base to blend your herbs with?
Raw milk – almond, macadamia, cashew, or cold pressed coconut.
What herb(s) would you recommend for someone just getting started?
The anandamide blend is a great start! It contains a full spectrum of the tonic herbs and superfoods (maca, cacao, tocos) and is designed to activate and harmonize the whole system. We love mixing a teaspoon in raw almond milk and blending it up in the vitamix so it is frothy and full of love– it is like an activated chocolate milk shake!!
Is there a limit to how many herbs you can mix together or certain herbs that shouldn’t be mixed together?
Generally we recommend adding ½ tsp of each herb to each single serving of 8-16 oz. of water.
Nitsa, can you share more about your creative journey once you introduced herbs into your life?
Seriously – these foods have inspired shifts in my personal health, consciousness, and creative capacity that feel magical, powerful, and humbling.
Ashitaba (aka raw vegan blood tonic)
What it is/where it is derived from: A traditional Japanese healing food consumed for beauty and longevity.
Benefits: It is a rich source of vitamin b12, skin and digestive tonic.
How to enjoy: tastes great in teas, lattes, shakes, raw chocolates and miso soup
What it is/where it is derived from: An Ayurvedic antioxidant, also known as Indian ginseng, found in regions of India, northern Africa and the Middle East
Benefits: tonifies the immune system, inspires strength, increases the body’s levels of Superoxide Dismutase, harmonizes the mind, body and spirit, can reduce physical, mental and emotional stress
How to enjoy: in warm tea, raw milk potions, raw chocolates, shakes and smoothies
What it is/where it is derived from: Known as the great protector from Yunnan Province, China
Benefits: skin health, immune support, metabolism and digestion, energy levels and whole body function
How to enjoy: we recommend putting a ½ teaspoon in warm water or tea
He Shou Wu
What it is/where it is derived from: He Shou Wu is a traditional Taoist herb and Jing tonic. It has been used for centuries in China
Benefits: tonify and nourish the hair, skin and nails, nervous system, sexual center, shen (spirit) and jing (primary essence/life force)
How to enjoy: 2 grams in warm water or tea
What it is/where it is derived from: a precursor to dopamine, grown in India
Benefits: Mucuna is known as the “velvet bean” and may enhance brain function, elevate mood and refine the senses, soothe the nervous system and support overall well being
How to enjoy: it is a great addition to teas, smoothies, raw treats and raw milk potions
Cordyceps (Mushroom Powder)
What it is/where it is derived from: Cordyceps is a fungus that often grows on insects backs, we cultivate and source it in the United States
Benefits: may support mental power, athletic endurance, sexual energy, muscle tone and immune support
How to enjoy: a ½ teaspoon, once or twice a day and tastes great in soups, teas, smoothies
Reishi (Mushroom Powder)
What it is/where it is derived from: Traditionally used in Oriental Eastern Folk Medicine to “nourish the heart and pacify the spirit”
Benefits: immune support, longevity and stress relief
How to enjoy: mix 2 grams, ½ teaspoon in warm water or tea, also great in soups, smoothies and raw chocolates
Chaga (Mushroom Powder)
What it is/where it is derived from: the king healer mushroom, a powerful adaptogen, and has been used in traditional Chinese and japanese medicine for centuries
Benefits: a strong source of energy, promotes overall well being and a rich source of vitamin d
How to enjoy: simmer at a low temperature for 6-8 hours, not reaching about 140 degrees F. Strain and enjoy in a warm tea or if you’re on the go it also tastes great in tea and raw nut milk potions.
What it is/where it is derived from: A Tibetan Qi Tonic, it is wildcrafted in Tibet
Benefits: may promote mental clarity, creativity and stamina, helps immune strength and may support weight balance and focus.
How to enjoy: 2 grams in warm water or tea
What it is/where it is derived from: An Ayurvedic digestive tonic, an organic cold water extract of the Triphala fruit and is grown and processed in India
Benefits: excellent source of vitamin c and antioxidants, good for gentle, internal cleansing and may support regulatory and weight balance
How to enjoy: a ½ teaspoon at night in warm water
What it is/where it is derived from: Pine Pollen is known as a longevity tonic, entering all five meridians and offering dual-directional hormone support, it collected in the Yunnan Province, China
Benefits: may help hormonal support, regulate weight by supporting the metabolism, support and detoxify the liver and may improve endurance
How to enjoy: tastes great by itself, in milk potions, and in smoothies.
What it is/where it is derived from: Anandamide is a raw heirloom cacao and tonic herb blend, we call it bliss alchemy because it is named after the cannabinoid neurotransmitter “anandamide,” with Ananda meaning blissful upon eating
Benefits: may help stress-induced anxiety, may help promote a higher thought process, and is a messenger molecule that plays a role in depression, pain, appetite and fertility
How to enjoy: tastes great in raw milk potions, coconut cream and cold
What it is/where it is derived from: a freshwater, single-celled green algae
Benefits: contains 10% chlorophyll, 50% protein, complete amino acid chains and essential fatty acids, activates the brain, ability to receive many nutrients by consuming it
How to enjoy: a ½ teaspoon of it in the morning in fresh spring water, also great in recipes, soups and shakes
What it is/where it is derived from: Tocos are rice bran solubles, derived from the bran of organically grown brown rice
Benefits: bioavailable source of vitamins D and E, may promote healthy skin and connective tissues, may help facilitate the removal of toxins from the body
How to enjoy: tastes great by the spoonful, also in warm nut milk, shakes and smoothies and other creamy potions
What it is/where it is derived from: Known as the “miracle leaf,” grown and shade-dried in India
Benefits: contains high levels of Vitamins B, C, D and E, improves overall nutrition, promotes sound sleep and relief of anxiety, stabilizes blood pressure and may strengthen digestion
How to enjoy: Moringa is great in water, smoothies
What it is/where it is derived from: a combination of several herbs, wildflower honey and organic, biodynamic grass fed ghee
Benefits: contains rhodiola for brain function, mucuna for dopamine, eucommia bark for strength and flexibility and many others
How to enjoy: tastes great by the spoonful, in raw desserts or spread on toast!
What it is/where it is derived from: a blend of Suma, Maca and Chlorella. Suma is a Brazilian root, Chlorella is a single-celled green algae and Maca is a Peruvian root
Benefits: meant to promote energy levels, strengthen the functions of the immune system and promotes overall well being
How to enjoy: in teas, lattes, smoothies, and raw milk potions
All photos taken by Nitsa Citrine