Mind body tonic


  • 1 ounce American ginseng root
  • 2 ounces ashwagandha root (also called withania root)
  • 2 ounces reishi mushrooms
  • 2 ounces dried bacopa leaf
  • 2 ounces dried ginko leaf
  • 1 ounce dried rosemary, or 1 1/2 ounces fresh
  • 1 ounce schizandra berries
  • 2 ounces dried hawthorn leaf
  • 2 ounces dried hawthorn berry
  • 1/2 ounce sage
  • 1 ounce periwinkle
  • 1 ounce ho shou wu


  1. Mix ginseng, ashwagandha and reishi; add 1 ounce of mixture per pint of water. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients. Add 1 ounce of this mixture to the simmering brew, and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain.
Amanda McQuade Crawford, host of What a Relief!, is a medical herbalist consultant, improving quality control within the natural products industry. She is the author of two popular books on women’s health, “The Herbal Menopause Book” and “Herbal Remedies for Women” and a contributing author to two recent books on natural medicine: “The New Menopause Book” and the text “Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants.” She currently explores for urban weeds and grows an organic herb garden in the wilds of Los Angeles.