Herbal Spring Tonics

herbal spring tonic Signs of spring are when you witness the first green shoots poke through the ground.

And in many cultures, it is a time for spring cleaning your home and as well as your body.  In fact, numerous cultures throughout the centuries firmly believed that spring tonics purified the blood, stimulated the digestion, cleansed the kidneys, helped rheumatism and cured scurvy.



Today, spring tonics are still considered a cleanser that offers an abundant amount of nourishment after a winter deficient in nutrients. Spring Detox Tonics are a rich source of both vitamins and trace minerals.  Some of the best spring tonics are cleansing roots, greens and herbs that are drank or prepared in food in the early part of the spring.  They offer nourishment and energy that the body has long needed after the cold and harsh days of winter. Spring tonics were also known to gear up the body for physical farm labor, improving circulation and regulating the digestive system.

Here are some on the most beneficial and popular herbs, greens and foods to include in spring detox tonics.

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Rhubarb Tonic

rhubarb tonic

Pieplant or rhubarb was a very common plant used for spring tonics. They were said to assist in blood circulation and the digestive system. In fact, many cookbooks regarded rhubarb as “spring fruit” when it was stewed or cooked.

Rhubarb can be boiled and enjoyed in a soup with some sweetener added. Strawberry rhubarb pie is often a favorite for many. You can also use rhubarb in pudding, jams or jellies.

Rhubarb is also easy to grow from seed or starts.

See rhubarb recipes:

Vanilla Cardamom Roasted Rhubarb Compote

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Note: Keep in mind that you only want to eat rhubarb stalks. So not consume the leaves because they contain high levels of oxalic acid and can be toxic in high doses.

Dandelion Spring Tonics

dandelion tonic

Dandelions were so valued that they were cultivated in gardens. It was first mentioned as a medicine in the tenth and eleventh centuries by Arabian physicians.  The specialists regarded it as a type of wild Endive known as Taraxcacon. In addition, the Welsh used the herb as a medicinal in the thirteenth century.  

Today, many use dandelion to relive urinary disorders, control diabetes, and help with liver issues, acne, anemia, jaundice and cancer.

Use dandelions leaves in salads or blanched. The French and Dutch often steam the baby leaves lightly and add a few herbs for additional flavor. You can also add the leave to a soup or make a cleansing tea with dandelion root.  You can also make a dandelion tea.

Notes: Some people experience an allergic reaction to dandelion; hives and difficulty breathing are common symptoms. Also, if you decide to pick the dandelion yourself, make sure they have not been sprayed or treated with chemicals and fertilizers.

Sassafras Tea

sassafrass detox

Sassafras is an old time herb used for spring detox tonics.  Its benefits were first recoded by Native American. It was generally used as to stop blood clots and as a diuretic for eliminating toxins in the body. 

One of the most ancient recipes for spring tonics is to boil together a little sassafras, wintergreen and sarsaparilla in water. Or you can just boil sassafras root to make a tea. 

Note: Some research suggests that sassafras may cause sweating and hot flashes. In addition, it is not recommended to use on the skin; the safrole oil in the bark may cause liver damage and cancer.  Just 5 mL of sassafras oil may do considerable damage.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing detox and cleansing food that has numerous medicinal properties.  According to Mother Earth, apple cider vinegar is a superfood for your body and an excellent cleaner for your home.  Getting right to the chase, here is what various experts say that apple cider vinegar is good for:

For Your Body

  • Deodorizer
  • Stops hiccups
  • Reduces bloating
  • Whitens the teeth
  • Improves digestion
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Increases metabolism
  • Skin toner and cleanser
  • Helps combat bad breath
  • Fights sore throats and colds
  • Removes toxins from your liver and kidneys

Around the House

  • Sanitizes
  • A pickling solution
  • Natural disinfectant
  • Natural weed killer
  • Catches fruit flies in a trap
  • Keeps hair clean and shiny
  • A cleaning solution that cuts through grease and grime
  • Culinary staple for dressings, marinades and other foods

Smoothies and Drinks

Watercress Juice for Vibrancy

herbal detoxWatercress makes an excellent spring detox tonic and health booster. It is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, numerous B vitamins, potassium and zinc.  Drink daily for extra energy and vibrancy.

Oh, if you don’t have a juicer, add the all the ingredients to a blender and mix until well combined.

Newsflash: You can now buy organic dried Watercress!

Serves 2


  • 1 bunch watercress (6 oz.)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber (skinned)
  • 1 apple (cored and peeled)
  • 1 ½ inch piece fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1 TBLS fresh lemon juice; more to taste


  1. Dice the celery, cucumber and apple into small pieces for your juicer.
  2. Cut the celery, apple, and cucumber into pieces that will fit in the mouth of a juicer.
  3. Be sure to set aside a few sprigs of watercress for a garnish. 
  4. Press the sliced vegies and apple into the juicer.
  5. Juice the finger if desired.
  6. Stir in desired amount of fresh lemon juice.
  7. Garnish with watercress sprig and serve.

Spring Detox Tonic for Flushing out Toxins

lime and lemon detox

This is the ideal spring detox tonic if you are in need of extra detoxing.   Not only will the magical blend of ingredients help boost your morning and vitalize your spirit, it will also help remove toxins and alkalize the pH of your body for better balance.  The spring tonics offers optimum results if you take it first in the morning for 30 days during the early spring.


  • 2 TBLS raw apple cider vinegar
  • 16 ounces of filtered water (hot)
  • 2 fresh organic lemons (juiced or squeezed)
  • 1-2 TBLS raw honey (to taste)
  • 1-2 TBLS blackstrap molasses (to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, juiced or grated
  • 1/8 to ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)


  1. Bring the filtered water to a boil.
  2. Stir in the cider vinegar (to balance the body’s pH).
  3. Freshly squeeze in the lemon juice (to alkalize the body)
  4. Add the honey and molasses (got minerals and energy)
  5. Stir in the ginger (detoxes the organs, especially the liver)  
  6. Mix in cayenne pepper, if desired (helps perspiration & removing toxins)

Spring Tonic Immune Booster

alfalfa tea detox

This spring tonic boosts the immune system and regenerates cells. It is a great tonic for all ages and can be consumed daily. It also stores well in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  The tea can also be added to soups and stews.  As well, add the elixir to smoothies for a healthy and tasty treat.


  • 1 part fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 part  fresh or dried alfalfa, aerial parts
  • 1 part dried astragalus root, chopped  (find at health food stores or at a Chinese Medicine practitioners)


  1. Clean and chop the parsley and alfalfa
  2. Thinly slice the astragalus root
  3. Add all ingredients to a juicer (or blender)
  4. Garnish with parsley sprig and serve immediately

Spring Tonic for Increasing Iron

Idetox tonict is not unusual for a woman going through menopause or a young lady going through puberty to be deficient in iron.  And with the constant body changes and need to cope, the system can quickly become depleted of iron.

One of the best ways to replenish the body with iron is with herbal spring tonics.  The most medicinal herbs are burdock and stinging nettle. And for a nice sweet anise like flavor, this spring tonic also uses sweet cicely.



  • 3 cups boiling water , filtered
  • 6 fresh peppermint sprigs
  • 1 fresh yellow dock root
  • 3-4 fresh stinging nettle tops (4 – 6” each)  
  • 1 small fresh burdock leaf, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh sweet cicely, chopped * see note


  1. In a pot, add water and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and add all remaining ingredients.
  3. Simmer on low for 2-3 minutes with the lid on to keep in volatile and healing oils
  4. Serve with or without a dab of honey

Note: If you don’t have sweet cicily you should definitely grow it. The herb has a fabulous anise like flavor with a slight touch of sweet. You can substitute a touch of honey and anise if you like.

Spring Herbal Tonic for the Nerves

lemon balm tonic

Nerve tonics provide temporary relief from everyday stressors.  This spring herbal tonic helps calm your nerves and reduce anxiety.  for the spring tonic,  if you cannot find fresh herbs then you can use dried.  



  1. In a pot, add water and bring to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and stir in the herbs
  3. Simmer on low for 2-3 minutes with the lid on
  4. Serve with or without a touch of honey

Spring Herbal Tonic for Stress

tea detox



  1. In a pot, add water and bring to a boil
  2. Lower  heat and stir in the herbs
  3. Simmer on low for 2-3 minutes keeping  the lid on
  4. Serve with or without a little honey

tonics for detoxLifestyle –

  • Abstain from processed foods
  • Stretch daily
  • Exercise: take a walk, do yoga or Tai Chi’
  • Limit intake of congesting foods like milk, cheese and eggs
  • Take hot and cold showers or baths to get your blood flowing and invigorate your body
  • Don’t forget to breathe
  • Schedule a reward like a spa or massage


Other Tonic Herbs and Foods for Cleansing

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) high in nutrition and helps the musculoskeletal system
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) a heart tonic, builds the immune system supports and help tissue regeneration
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea or E. angustifolia) boosts the immune system.
Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) used to lower stress
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) an excellent tonic that provides nutrients to almost all body systems.

Special Note: Always consult a qualified healthcare specialist before using any treatment such as a detox diet. This includes natural remedies and herbal teas or supplements. Additionally, the information in this article is not intended as medical advice; it is for educational purposes only.

Picture Credits

herbal tea detox


Tea in small china teacup: Kanko* mornig green tea via photopin (license)
Tea in glass jar with lemon: a3p601 ice tea via photopin (license)
Lemon and lime in water: Anne Worner Citrus Delight via photopin (license)
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Spring tonics: Stacie Stacie Stacie My Favorite Cocktail Books via photopin (license)
Smoothie: my little red suitcase berry smoothie via photopin (license)
Dandelions: Harry McGregor Flowers, just in the wrong place via photopin (license)
Sassafras: tombarta DSC_1056_68 via photopin (license)
Watercress: BioDivLibrary n131_w1150 via photopin (license)
Green tea in ceramic cups: tamaki japanese tea via photopin (license)
Flowers and herbs in glasses: A Restless Heart Take some time and enjoy tea via photopin (license)
Red ceramic teacup: Patrick Vierthaler Enjoying a Cup of Maccha in Autumn via photopin (license)
Teapot: Theen … Tea Time via photopin (license)


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