One of my favorite ways of taking daily tonic herbs is in the form of a paste, which is generally one or more powdered herbs combined with a wet ingredient of some kind to make—you guessed it—a paste!

My morning treat - yum!

Why a paste? First, it’s convenient, every so often you mix it up, store it in the fridge, and grab it every day or so for a healthful spoonful on the fly. Which brings me to the next reason for pastes—they can be quite delicious, even made into truffles of herbal goodness! You can get pretty creative. Also, keeping few ounces of tonic herbs around can be much more practical space-wise for the home apothecary. Granted, powdered herbs don’t have a terribly long shelf life, but if your using them in daily tonic, you’ll easily use up a couple ounces long before the herbs’ activity comes into question.

As for how to make your paste, anything wet is fair game. Rosemary Gladstar suggests fruit concentrate or rose water in her book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health (a wonderful sourcebook for do-it-yourself herbal recipes). Some other options are various juices, nut butters and pastes, ghee, apple sauce, yogurt, tahini, nutella…you get the idea. I also strongly recommend adding some honey to the mix as well because it’s inherent antimicrobial action will help the blend to last longer in the fridge. And of course, it’s durn tasty. For myself, I prefer to use a really good nut butter, such as Maranatha, and a bit of honey. Yum.

So choose your herbs, mix them with your wet ingredient(s) until you achieve the desired pasty consistency, and store in the refrigerator. Yep, it’s that simple.

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