Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments: The Energizer

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Acai is only one of the berries in this syrup that boosts energy.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup schisandra berry
  • 3⁄4 cup bilberry
  • 3⁄4 cup acai berry
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar or honey

    Optional

  • Vodka or American skullcap tincture (1⁄4 of bottle space)

Directions

  • Herbal Concentrate Method: Decoction

    Medicinal Potential

    Schisandra berry: As an adaptogen, possible aphrodisiac and energy tonic, it can help the body resist stress while improving energy and endurance; promotes overall balanced body systems

    Bilberry: Contains anthocyanins (a flavonoid which assists in keeping body cells healthy); may improve blood circulation

    Acai: Contains antioxidants and anthocyanins; may help suppress inflammation; has been used as a gentle aphrodisiac, brain and energy booster

    American skullcap: Used as an antiviral, gentle relaxant, helps calm nerves; may be beneficial in alleviating symptoms of withdrawal due to its calming effects

    Notes 

    Never start using an adaptogen while ill. Consult a medical professional before integrating any tonic into your daily regime. Schisandra berry may cause stomach upset and can decrease appetite.

    Bilberry is contraindicated for insulin-dependent diabetes.
    Read more about herbal medicines for common illnesses in Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments.

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This tonic is an energy and immunity-booster during times of stress or transition. It’s especially beneficial when one begins to feel ragged and worn out from daily activities (non-illness-related).

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