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Elixir Tonics & Teas

Tonic Totale


by Sylvie Greil

Popping a multi-vitamin a day might be all the preventative health you can handle, but taking a tonic, along with that proverbial apple, may actually really keep the doctor away. Elixir, a Los Angeles-based company whose teas and herbal tonics you may have sipped in hip SoCal and New York boutique hotels, offers a whole apothecary of health-promoting potions—anything from Radiant Hair & Skin to De-Stress or Antiox & Cleanse.

These remedies are classified as tonic herbs or "superior herbs," in traditional Chinese medicine, which means they can improve immune function to prevent you from getting sick, or once sick, they can help normalize body functions.

They are neither vitamins nor homeopathic medicine but so-called superfoods of whole herb extracts containing balancing, healthful phyto-nutrients. With 5,000 years of Chinese medicine behind them, tonic herbs are lab-tested, practitioner-quality, standardized and highly potent. There are tonics for fat burning, digestion, emotional stress, colds, sinus problems, menstrual discomfort, tension, menopause etc. How do you figure out which herb is right for you? Talk to a Chinese medicine practitioner or email the Elixir herbalist at


(Updated: 12/30/11 BH)

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