The Ultimate Guide to 25 Everyday Tonic Herbs

Tonic herbs are plants that help to strengthen and revitalize specific regions of the body. They are meant to be consumed regularly over a long period of time. The herbs tend to be gentle and nourishing and include adaptogens and superfoods. 

Mucous membrane

Mucous membranes cover most cavities within your body and form a coating over your internal organs. The most easily accessible ones are in the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, urethra, and anus. Their purpose is to prevent contaminants from entering the body and keep the tissues hydrated. 


This can be used as a treatment for gout, arthritis, and other muscular or joint pains. It is antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, antiemetic, diuretic, and anti-rheumatic. It also has diaphoretic, carminative, hepatic, and digestive impacts on the body.


This can be used for eye issues such as infections, poor vision, and hayfever. Ir can also be used to treat colds, coughs, earache, sinusitis, and any catarrhal conditions. It is anti-inflammatory, astringent, and a vasoconstrictor of nasal membranes.


This is a small gland found in your neck that is responsible for hormone production and secretion. It can influence your metabolism, heart rate, temperature regulation, respiration, and development. It is also associated with normal sexual function, sleeping, and mental processes. 


This can be used for a variety of purposes. It is used to increase uterine contractions and can also be used as a mild sedative. It can help to balance your hormones and treat hyperthyroidism. It can also be used as a laxative.


This is also sometimes referred to as bladderwrack. It is a source of iodine and can be used to treat hypothyroidism as a result of iodine deficiency. It can also be used to treat obesity, goiters, and external rheumatism.

Immune system

Your immune system is what keeps you healthy and well. Its function is to fight off harmful bacteria and pathogens within the body to maintain a good level of health. If you are sick a lot, you are likely to have a weakened or compromised immune system. 

Reishi mushroom

This is a great tonic to support your immune system, particularly in cases of chronic immune weakness. It has antibacterial properties, especially against staphylococcus and streptococcus. It can also be used as a cancer treatment due to its antioxidant content. 


This is an adaptogenic herb that is believed to help control fluid retention, night sweats, and general excessive sweating. It is also believed to help you adapt to stressful situations. It is a powerful antioxidant, diuretic, cardiotonic, and immunomodulator. 

Connective tissues

This is a generic term for multiple types of fibrous tissue found throughout your body. They are important to allow substances and nutrients to move around your body, as well as having some protective functions. 


Oats can be used as an antidepressant, anxiolytic, a tonic for your nervous system, a cardiotonic, demulcent, emollient, and antispasmodic. It can help with the recovery from tiredness and anxiety. It is a potent connective tissue and nervous system trophorestorative. 


This is a powerful sedative for your nervous system. It can be used to treat heart failure, palpitations, and arrhythmia. It can also be used to lessen the symptoms of atherosclerosis, angina, and hypertension. It has good results with varicose veins, ulcers, arthritis, fractures, and osteoporosis. 


This is also called a blueberry. It can help to improve vision including cataracts, night blindness, and macular degeneration. It is also commonly used to prevent or treat glaucoma, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. They have also been used to treat urinary issues, scurvy, diarrhea, and dysentery. Tea made from the leaves can also be used to treat diabetes. They contain a lot of antioxidants too.

Vascular system

This is another way of saying the blood vessels found in your body. They form an extensive network and help to transport oxygen to organs and tissues. As well as this, the vessels help to remove waste products from the body. 


This is a tonic used to treat fevers, varicose veins, and a high blood pressure. It can help to stimulate digestion and in the treatment of thrombotic conditions with hypertension. It can also help to treat cystitis and can be applied topically as a wound treatment. 


This is used to treat nervous dyspepsia, hysteria, headaches, and heart palpitations. It can be used to help lower blood pressure, particularly in cases of nervous tension and arteriosclerosis. It is an anxiolytic, sedative, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, anti-coagulant, diuretic, and emollient. 


This is another way of saying the heart. As we all know, a healthy heart is vital to optimal health and wellness. It is really important to keep your heart in a good condition to allow adequate oxygenation of the blood and tissues. 

Lily of the Valley

This can be useful in treating congestive heart failure, particularly when there is swelling and fluid retention. It is most effective on bradycardic and arrhythmic heart conditions but can be used to treat tachycardia too. It is a mild gastric tonic, diuretic, and antispasmodic. 


Your liver is responsible for detoxifying toxic substances that you have ingested, such as alcohol. As well as this, it helps to synthesize proteins and assists with growth and digestion. Your liver also helps with the regulation of glycogen storage, breaking down red blood cells, and producing hormones. 

Milk thistle

This has been proven to assist in the regeneration of damaged and diseased liver cells. It also appears to have protective effects against poisons. It is often used as part of the treatment for alcoholism, malnutrition, and drug abuse. It can be used to increase breast milk production and can help with gallbladder issues. 


This can be used to treat Addison’s disease, peptic ulcers, hypoglycemia, and to protect diabetics against developing cataracts. It is also used to treat autoimmune conditions, protect against carcinogens, GERD, IBD, and ulcers. It can also be used topically to treat muscle cramps and joint inflammation. 


This is often referred to as a treatment for inflammation. It is useful when treating digestive and liver issues. It can also be used as a cytotoxin for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

It is used to help alleviate symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, and general pain. It can help to protect the liver against toxins and promotes the production of bile. It can also be used to relieve trapped wind and protect your stomach lining from developing ulcers. 

Adrenal glands

These are small glands found just above your kidneys. They produce hormones that are used to regulate the function of your immune system, blood pressure, stress response, and metabolism. 

Siberian Ginseng

This is used to boost mental alertness and physical endurance. It is believed to reduce the physical impacts of chronic stress and can be used to treat long-lasting viral infections. It can help with chronic fatigue and stress. The plant is chemoprotective, hypertensive, cardiotonic, anti-coagulant, and a circulatory stimulant. 


This is a very common herbal tonic, and you are likely to have heard of it being incorporated into coffee. It is believed to alleviate stress and mental fatigue, helping to reinvigorate the nervous system.

It is said to improve mental clarity and athletic performance. Ashwagandha is said to help reduce the recovery period following an illness and can help to treat chronic inflammatory diseases. It can also help reduce rheumatism, joint pain, neuralgia, and bone degeneration. It can be applied topically to wounds to treat swelling. 

Your respiratory system includes your airways, lungs, and blood vessels. This is what enables you to breathe and helps to circulate oxygen around your body to muscles and other tissues. This system also removed waste products such as carbon dioxide from the blood and body. 



The leaves of this plant can be used to help heal wounds. It is also used to treat skin diseases, respiratory and digestive organs, as a pain relief agent, and to treat or prevent infections. The leaves can also be used to treat ear infections. It can also help with bronchitis and irritated coughs. 


This is a strong anti-inflammatory which is very useful when treating respiratory infections. It promotes expectoration (the spitting out of mucus) and can help to relieve asthmatic coughs. It can also be used topically as a way to speed up bruise recovery and as an antifungal. 


This refers to the uterus or womb. It is vital for reproduction and is where babies are grown and held until it is time for them to be born. 

Partridge berry

This is also known as squaw vine. It can be used to prevent miscarriage in women with a predisposition. As well as this, it can treat dysmenorrhea, PMS, and associated water retention, and to regulate the menstrual cycles. 

Black cohosh 

This can help to treat musculoskeletal, respiratory, and reproductive issues. It can be used to relieve symptoms of tension and spasm in the female organs. It is believed to be useful when managing menopausal symptoms.