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Winter Tonic

We all need a tonic to provide us with the much needed energy and to uplift us from the occasional winter blues. Here is a traditional winter tonic that is claimed to do just that.

This formula is believed to be useful for the treatment of coldness, negative emotional states, weakness, irregular menstruation, and menstrual cramps. It is also considered useful for those, be they male or female, who suffer from muscle cramps. 

Ingredients:
2 parts raspberry leaves 
2 parts cramp bark 
2 parts angelica root 
2 parts squawvine 
1 part chamomile 
1 part ginger root 
1 part lobelia 
1 quart good quality red wine (Port is traditional, but you may substitute any rich red wine of your choice.) 

Directions:
1. Assemble and blend all the herbs. 

2. Put the wine into an enameled saucepan. Measure out 6 ounces of the combined herbs and stir them into the wine. Cover the pot and heat gently just until the wine begins to simmer. Do not permit the mixture to boil. (If you wish to eliminate the alcohol content of the tonic, uncover the pot and let the mixture bubble for 5 minutes or so. This method will allow you to retain the medicinal qualities of the herbs and all the flavor of the wine, but the alcohol will evaporate as the brew boils.) 

3. Cover and let the blend stand for 24 hours. Strain off the exhausted herb parts and bottle the tonic.

How To Use: 
Take 1 tablespoonful of this warming Winter Tonic 3 times daily, 20 minutes before meals.

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