• 4 ounces saw palmetto berries
  • 3 ounces dried nettle root
  • 1 ounce dried horsetail
  • 1 ounce fresh mallow leaves, or 1 ounce corn silk
  • 1 ounce dried buchu leaves
  • 1 ounce dried kava root
  • 1 to 4 ounces mint (to taste)
  • 1 ounce licorice root (optional, for taste)
  • 4 cups (40-proof) brandy
  • agave syrup or organic honey


  1. Combine all ingredients, except honey, in a glass jar. Let steep 2 weeks, shaking once a day.
  2. Strain and squeeze with cheesecloth. Measure. Add 2 ounces honey to every 12 ounces of strained liquid.

Dosage: 1 tablespoon daily.

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.