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How to Make A Weight Loss Tonic

How to Make A Weight Loss Tonic

We all know losing weight is a tough process, especially the belly fat that refuses to go away quickly and takes no time at all to show up. Obesity is a common and serious problem among North Americans and the numbers are rising.

While exercise is one of the best techniques to cut the waistline flab, it is also important to watch your diet. The best approach to weight loss is using a tonic made up of herbs. Herbs are powerful multitaskers. They work at all levels in your body and can fight fatigue, treat overgrowth in your gastrointestinal tract, and boost your metabolism.

Many herbs can increase metabolism and suppress the appetite, naturally helping you lose weight.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) is highly nutritive with a great amount of chlorophyll. This herb is an important source of antioxidants and contains a powerhouse of minerals. It is considered a blood purifier and helps the body to process and flush out toxins from the urinary tract. It flushes the kidney and bladder to soothe and prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Nettle leaf also has an immense amount of plant chemicals called polyphenols that help treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

Siberian Ginseng Root

Siberian ginseng root (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is often called an “adaptogen”. It is a powerful herb that strengthens the body and increases general resistance to daily stress. Stress contributes to abdominal weight gain and an imbalance of blood sugar levels.

Siberian ginseng root helps balance blood sugar levels, contains antioxidants that protect you from free radical damage, and improves the body’s ability to process toxins. Ultimately, it brings the body back to a state of homeostasis (i.e. natural balance).

Senna Leaf

Senna leaf (Senna alexandrina) produces a laxative effect so helps in weight loss routines to detox and cleanse.

It relieves constipation by stimulating bowel movements and also serves as a fungicide.

Dandelion Leaf

Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale) is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, and is also a moderate source of calcium (Ca), potassium (K), iron (Fe), and manganese (Mn). It acts as a diuretic and increases urine output.

It neutralizes acid and free radicals in the blood and therefore is the best herb for blood purification; it helps the liver to stay healthy. It also improves appetite, soothes minor digestive ailments, and relieves constipation.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root (Althaea Officinalis) is one of the most mucilaginous herbs. It is used to treat digestive, respiratory, and skin conditions.

It is highly nutritive and acts as a diuretic as well as having antioxidant properties.

It helps the body flush out toxins and cleanses the kidneys and the bladder. It protects the body from damage caused by free radicals. It also has the potential to treat digestive conditions like constipation, heartburn, and intestinal colic.

Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery elm bark (Ulmus rubra) is demulcent, so it is capable of soothing the lining of the stomach and intestines. It has many of the same mucilaginous properties as marshmallow root.

It soothes the lining of the urinary tract, helping to alleviate painful and irritating symptoms. It increases the flow of urine and eliminates waste from the body. It is considered to be the best herb for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Papaya Leaf

Papaya leaf (Carica papaya) has antioxidant and blood sugar lowering properties. It has a unique compound called papain that helps alleviate uncomfortable digestive symptoms by breaking down larger proteins into smaller, easy to digest proteins and amino acids.

It inhibits pancreatic lipase and contributes to weight loss. It also helps reduce inflammatory conditions such as skin rashes, muscle aches, and joint pain.

Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum) has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties. It supplies excellent flavor and enhances the sweetness in your food.

It increases insulin sensitivity and decreases blood sugar levels. It helps boost metabolism and reduces your appetite.

It consists of fiber which makes you feel full and signals to your body that mealtime is over.

Ginger Root

Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds. It has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and other medicinal properties.

It acts as a laxative and assists the body in the removal of excess toxins. It helps the body to expel gas and provides relief from any discomfort. It helps alleviate nausea and vomiting, as well as acting as a flavoring agent.

Fennel Seeds

Fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce) provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects. They are a good source of fiber and vitamin C and they also contain mineral manganese (Mn), which is important for enzyme activation, metabolism, and blood sugar regulation.

It suppresses your appetite, relieves constipation, and assists with other digestive problems.

How to Make a Weight Loss Tonic

The best way to consume all these herbs to reduce weight is by making a concentrated tonic, and then portioning off and further diluting the tonic as you need it.

Recipe:

    • 2 tablespoons of nettle leaf
    • 2 tablespoons of Siberian ginseng root
    • 1 tablespoon of senna leaf
    • 1 tablespoon of dandelion leaf
    • 1 tablespoon of marshmallow root
    • 1 tablespoon of slippery elm bark
    • 1 tablespoon of papaya leaf
    • ½ a tablespoon of cinnamon Bark
    • ½ a tablespoon of ginger root
    • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
    • 2 cups of apple cider vinegar

    Try to use fresh leaves but if it’s not possible then you can use dried leaves

Method to Prepare the Tonic:

 

  1. Measure each herb listed above and put it all in a jar.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar and make sure all of the ingredients are covered. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the rim of the jar. Then screw the lid tightly in place.
  3. Let the mixture sit in a dark, cool place to infuse for 2-4 weeks. Shake once daily or whenever you remember it.
  4. Pour the contents into a muslin or cheesecloth-lined colander over a stable pot. Let it drain for 30 minutes, then gather the corners and twist to wring out as much goodness as possible.
  5. This concentrated tonic can be stored in the fridge and makes enough for approximately 4 – 5 weeks (see below for usage).

Take 5 ml of the tonic and dilute it in 10 ml of water. Stir well before drinking. Take 2 – 3 times per day for at least two months. For best results, use concurrently with exercise and wise food choices.

Herbal tonics are a potent selection of herbs known to deeply restore, tone, and invigorate multiple body systems. An herbal tonic is a solution or preparation of one or many herbs known to holistically promote health, as well as be a medicinal source not only to the body but to the mind and spirit as well.

As with any health preparation, natural or not, it’s not a good idea to take too much.
 Any concerns about your health and supplementation with herbs or diet should be done in consultation with your physician and a holistic health care provider, especially if you have any medical conditions or are taking medication.

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56 Comments

  • Cheryl Posted September 10, 2020 1:03 pm

    I’m just curious if these have to be harvested, or is there a good place to buy/order them from that will have quality products?

    • Debbie Posted September 10, 2020 2:46 pm

      Cheryl,
      I buy my dried herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs…https://mountainroseherbs.com/
      I have never had a problem with anything that I bought from them.

      • Renge Grace Posted September 10, 2020 3:00 pm

        Thanks for the tip, Debbie! I’m over near Bend but this is close enough to home. Looks like a gorgeous shop of high quality. 🌱💙🌈💜🌿

      • Marie Meyer Posted September 10, 2020 5:13 pm

        Mountain Rose Herbs tend to be a bit on the expensive side. I get mine from a company out of Iowa. Their website is http://www.herbalcom.com. Excellent prices

      • Purcell Lash Posted September 11, 2020 2:10 pm

        Ok 👌 thanks for the information Ms. Meyer I will certainly try this website ☺️🤙🏼

      • Lisa Posted December 15, 2020 7:35 pm

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  • Melody Waldmann Posted September 10, 2020 1:06 pm

    I don’t understand the “part” thing. How do you measure by part? Make it easier

    • Cheryl Posted September 10, 2020 2:55 pm

      That just means that whatever amount you use, you use for all. For example, when you cook rice, some say 1 part rice 2 parts water. All that means is that whatever amount of rice you use, you use twice the amount of water. It is a generic measurement because there may be times when an exact measuring device may not be available.

    • Debbie Posted September 10, 2020 2:56 pm

      Melody,
      A part can be anything you want it to be in a measurement, like ,one part could be 1 cup, 2 parts would be 2 cups, 1/2 part would be 1/2 cup. It could be an ounce(a part), 2 ounces (2 parts). It’s your definition to make that up. That’s the beauty of it. I hope this helps and not more confusing.

    • Valorie Iglay Posted September 10, 2020 4:51 pm

      Part just means a quantity. It could be a teaspoon for example. Then 2 parts means 2 teaspoons.

    • Marie Meyer Posted September 10, 2020 5:18 pm

      A “part” means your choice of measurement. You can use teaspoon, tablespoon, cup, mL, litres, etc. If you want a small amount, use teaspoons and tablespoons. If larger, use cups and litres. Example: 1 part = 1 tsp or 1 tbsp or 1 cup or 1 litre. Half part = 1/2 tsp, 1/2 tbsp, 1/2 cup, or 1/2 litre (which is the same as 500 mL). You determine what the amount is – just keep it consistent.

  • Nancy Gross Posted September 10, 2020 1:33 pm

    This is great info, but how do I find all these herbs and know they are of high quality herbs. I have no yard or area to grow anything. OR, is there a high quality supplement(s) I can order that would do the same thing.

    • Leanne Posted September 10, 2020 5:32 pm

      These are my ‘go to’ companies I trust for loose herbs: Mountain Rose Herbs or Pacific Herbs. Both are located in Oregon. I’ve visited both and trust them implicitly.

  • Rebecca Baldwin Posted September 10, 2020 1:37 pm

    The instructions to make the tonic are not clear to me. After putting the herbs into the jar, the next step says “dilute the tonic with a little water”. I’s there a step missing?

    • Aaron Posted September 10, 2020 4:21 pm

      I just sent the same question/comment!

    • Leanne Posted September 10, 2020 5:44 pm

      This means to put the drops into a glass of water. You can take it straight but most people don’t like to taste the tinctures or preparations. Diluting them in water cuts the taste

  • Amber Posted September 10, 2020 2:03 pm

    Where is the best place to find these items? How much water should I use? Will this interfere with any prescription medications I may be on currently? Thank you!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:56 pm

      Hi Amber,

      Thank you for your comment.
      We have updated the recipe for a stronger concentration. You should add vinegar over the herbs. Use enough to completely cover the herbs and fill the jar.

      Herbal Tonics are very concentrated, but safe,
      However, depending on the medication you currently taking, you may call your health care professional first, particularly if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have had any recent illnesses or surgery.

      God bless!

  • Tami Posted September 10, 2020 2:26 pm

    Are these herbs found in a Nutritional store? Or must be ordered special? I know I can find 3 out of this list. I would Love recommendations on where to find ingredients, Thank you!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:48 pm

      Hi Tami,

      Thank you for your interest in our work.
      You can purchase most of the herbs by accessing the link below:
      https://mountainroseherbs.com/

      God bless!

  • Debbie Posted September 10, 2020 2:33 pm

    I would be very helpful to me if you would put the directions for the tonic in measurements like teaspoon or tablespoon. It does not mention the amount of water to be used in this tonic. Is there a place to buy these ingredients?

    • Cheryl Posted September 10, 2020 2:55 pm

      That just means that whatever amount you use, you use for all. For example, when you cook rice, some say 1 part rice 2 parts water. All that means is that whatever amount of rice you use, you use twice the amount of water. It is a generic measurement because there may be times when an exact measuring device may not be available.

  • Susan Silvestri Posted September 10, 2020 2:37 pm

    Will mold grow because of the water? Could the water be replaced with vodka and made into a tincture?

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:47 pm

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you for your comment.
      We have updated the recipe accordingly.
      You should add vinegar over the herbs for a stronger concentration and when the tonic is ready, take 5 ml of the tonic and dilute it in 10 ml of water.

      God bless!

  • Julianne Baxter Posted September 10, 2020 3:07 pm

    What size jar would you recommend if using tablespoons as the volume measurement of “parts” ?? Is it okay to use organic vodka instead of water?

    • Kahne Posted September 11, 2020 5:35 am

      You use VINEGAR to make the tonic and afterward mix drops of tonic in water.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:59 pm

      Hi Julianne,

      Thank you for your comment.
      We have updated the recipe accordingly.
      You should add vinegar over the herbs. Use enough to completely cover the herbs and fill the jar.
      You can use vodka instead. This way, you’ll obtain a tincture and the shelf life will increase as well.

      God bless !

    • Donna Posted November 19, 2020 3:03 am

      I have a question for the amount of Vinegar needed to add/ size of jar to be used?
      Your instructions are very clear until then.

  • Debbie Posted September 10, 2020 3:10 pm

    Will this not grow mold?

    • Vickie Brinkley Posted September 11, 2020 7:03 am

      The tonic is made with vinegar and should not grow mold.

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:50 pm

      Hi Debbie,

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      As you use vinegar, it will not grow mold.

      God bless!

  • Rebekah Tomlinson Posted September 10, 2020 3:50 pm

    What do you mean by one part and how much water do you use in mason jar

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:48 pm

      Hi Rebekah,

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      One part can be calculated as one ounce. Same goes with two parts or 1/2 part.
      Additionally, the water is used to diluate. It depends on the quantity used by you.

      God bless!

  • Tara Lee Cunningham Posted September 10, 2020 3:50 pm

    So.. if I’m calculating this correctly … taking 2 ml three times a day for 30 days (one month), the total monthly volume would equal just 1 cup.
    And to make it monthly (because it needs to infuse for 4 weeks in a cool dark place), what is the exact measurement of each so I can make it easily once a month?

    • Marie Meyer Posted September 10, 2020 5:24 pm

      According to the recipe provided, if you cover the herbs in 1 cup of water, that would sufficient for 1 month’s supply. To make it for more than one month, multiply the recipe by the number of months you want to be able to take the tonic for. If you want enough for 3 months, you would multiple each of the parts by 3 and steep it in 3 cups of water.

      • Rebecca Baldwin Posted September 10, 2020 10:24 pm

        Thank you so much, that helps a lot. I’ve never made a tonic before.

  • gro Posted September 10, 2020 7:33 pm

    does the author intend for the herbs to be soaked in water or vinegar? t he instructions are unclear. tHank you.

    • Kahne Posted September 11, 2020 5:37 am

      Vinegar

  • Vickie Brinkley Posted September 10, 2020 8:57 pm

    Can you use essential oils instead for the tincture? (If you can find them?!)

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:43 pm

      Hi Vickie,

      Thank for your comment.
      Is it better to use the fresh herbs or if not available, dried herbs.

      God bless!

      • Vickie Brinkley Posted September 11, 2020 6:16 pm

        Thank you!

    • charlene Posted November 16, 2020 4:00 pm

      i have been studying essential oils since the early 2000s & have been a certified aromatherapist for almost 20 years. i do not encourage ingestion of essential oils. eos are 75-100% stronger than the herbs. in my studies, my teachers never encouraged it. in fact, discouraged it.

  • Kahne Posted September 11, 2020 5:43 am

    Instructions are very clear. I personally would make enough to last awhile, so I would use a half gallon jar and use cups as my measurements, add all herbs then pour vinegar over the herbs , dried since no fresh then wait Then strain and use. Make more if needed when getting low so as not to run out before the next batch is ready. Then add drops to water.

    • Debbie Posted September 11, 2020 2:34 pm

      Kahne,
      When this post came out yesterday the instructions called for water not vinegar as It does today. So that was where some of the confusion came from. Also people new to making tonic or tinctures do not understand the “parts” of something. Also not knowing where to buy good Quality dried herbs
      . I understand all of the questions and the confusion, why because I was there one time myself. So let us show them some grace

      • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:40 pm

        Hi Debbie,

        Thank you for your comment and for your understanding.
        We apologize for any confusion. Indeed, we have updated yesterday the recipe accordingly.

        You can purchase good quality dried herbs by accessing the link below:
        https://mountainroseherbs.com/

        God bless!

    • The Lost Herbs Posted September 11, 2020 2:41 pm

      Hi Kahne,

      Thank you so much for your comment and support.
      We really appreciate it.

      God bless !

    • Nikko Posted October 9, 2020 4:58 am

      Kahn, using cups as a measurement and a half gallon jar, how long would you estimate this to last someone once made?

  • Cheryl Posted September 11, 2020 4:21 pm

    So has anyone used this tonic for weight loss?

  • Cheryl Posted September 11, 2020 4:23 pm

    Has anyone used this tonic for weight loss?

  • Brenda Posted September 12, 2020 2:52 pm

    What amounts do you recommend for maximum weight loss, for example should you use I cup of ginseng root.

  • Alexandra Posted September 14, 2020 12:34 am

    May I know how do I store it after making it? In the fridge or leave it at the counter or dark cupboard? What is the ideal temperature of storage?

    • Anya Posted September 14, 2020 10:15 am

      Keeping it in a glass jar in the fridge will probably give it the best shelf life. The vinegar will help preserve it for 6 months or more, but if you’re taking it daily, you would finish the bottle well before 6 months.

  • Shelby Posted October 19, 2020 2:11 pm

    Just curious if anyone had tried this and had success? Let me know! Thanks!!

  • Kevin Posted November 13, 2020 2:55 pm

    It must be very difficult to acquire all the herbs and then making the tonic from scratch. I’m just wondering if there is a store that makes and sells the complete Weight Loss Tonic, please advise. Thnx.

  • charlene Posted November 16, 2020 3:56 pm

    i get herbs from herbco.com. they have everything

  • Suzanne Posted April 8, 2021 6:02 pm

    I am like, Kevin, is there a place to buy this mixture (either the leaves to steep myself or already infused)? I’m not looking for a quick fix, I’m just looking to not have loads of bags of ingredients on hand. Thank you.

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