The Recipe for Browning's Blended Spirits Blood Tonic
by Leslee Dru Browning
Blood tonics today are used for cancer prevention;
cancer treatment; liver health, viral and bacterial
infections. In the days of old blood tonics were called
and farmers would religiously take them come
after a long sedentary winter to get their sluggish
blood in shape for the upcoming season of farming. A
custom that has been lost in today’s world. Why? And why
aren’t blood tonics readily available for purchase from
health food stores? Could it be that
pharmaceutical companies don’t want
competition from herbal and botanical medicines?
In Dr. Wright’s Newsletter dated September 17, 2007, he
talked about Washington State's war on holistic M.D.s.
Sad but true. Holistic healers are still being attacked
in the USA that spouts that we are a Free
Nation...except when it comes to
health care, of course. The onslaught on
alternative healers is brought about by Big Pharma, Big
Business, the American Cancer Society, the AMA and our
elected politicians who are bribed by lobbyists. They
don’t want you healthy! Instead, they want the path
cleared of anyone who can heal you so they can keep
pushing their legal high-profit drugs. In today’s world
where the propaganda mantra is
“There is no cure”,
holistic healers are being harassed, arrested and
charged with “moral turpitude”, and put out of business
they can cure
what ails you.
With the attacks on Natural Medicine it can be hard to
find an Herbalist who can make up blood tonics for their
cancer clients. Herbalists can be hard to
those who specialize in cancer treatments because they
do not advertise since it is against the law in the USA
for any health care practitioner to claim they can heal
cancer; or any other illness for that matter, yet,
it is not against the law to heal yourself.
Therefore, why not learn to make your own? In this
article I will give the recipe for the very first blood
tonic I made.
Browning's Blended Spirits is a blood tonic I formulated
years ago for an 80 year old man who had been diagnosed
with Invasive Bladder Cancer that had spread to his
lymph. During surgery it was found that his tumor had
grown outside the wall of the bladder and the surgeon
was unable to remove it all. He refused chemotherapy and
radiation treatments and was given only 3-6 months to
live. His family called me to see if I could help him.
After hearing his case I couldn’t recommend herbal
capsules because he had difficulty swallowing so I made
him this blood tonic. Also included in his treatment was
a Bladder and Kidney tonic along with
His cancer was eliminated in 6 months and was verified
by a cat scan his doctor did in the hospital. The
doctors were mystified when they could not
find any cancer in his body, yet they never asked what
he did to eliminate his cancer. That alone suggested
that his doctors not only didn’t care how he healed
himself; but that his doctors weren’t the least bit
curious about alternative medicine and how they might
learn from his recovery. The gentleman is no longer
living, but he did not die of cancer. He died of old age
from natural causes. I continued to use this blood tonic
recipe for several types of cancer and bacterial
illnesses in my practice up until the day I retired.
About the Ingredients:
Browning’s Blended Spirits
contains a comprehensive blend of all-natural
herbs that are effective for blood
detoxification. The ingredients in this blend
provide nutritive support to the body and are
historically proven to provide both cleansing action and
detoxification of the cells throughout the body
including the lymph, lungs, liver, heart, colon and
bloodstream. Many of the ingredients like burdock root,
chaparral, poke root, red clover and yellow dock have
been used for years to treat cancer.
What ingredients you will need make the tonic:
of the following
Yellow dock root
40 oz of Honey or Black Strap Molasses, your choice.
16 oz of Vegetable glycerin.
4 Tablespoons of Citric acid which can be found in
health food stores or from herb companies
5 gallons of distilled water
Purchase the whole herb
(cut root and cut leaf)
instead of the powdered herb if you can. The reason for
this is two-fold. First, the powder absorbs more
water leaving you with less liquid; second,
the powder takes longer and is harder to strain. I
purchase most of my dried herbs from
Herbs. Their herbs are processed and handled according
to strict organic standards and they will sell
individual herbs in a 4oz quantity so you will not have
to purchase a full pound. I am sure there are many other
herb company’s and health food stores that carry the
herbs you will need. Just make sure they are organic.
What cooking tools you will need:
You will also need two stainless steel or glass 20 quart
pots with lids.
A large strainer.
candy or water thermometer.
For bottling you can use regular canning jars. If using
pint jars you will need about 24 – 28 jars. If using
quart jars you will need about 14 jars. This is a large
recipe that will provide one year worth of tonics for
the cancer patient, or, if using for a preventative go
together with friends or family and share it.
How to make the tonic:
Making this tonic is like canning fruit from your
garden. If you can cook you can make it. It takes a few
days but is well worth it. You will not find this tonic
on the market because it is time intense. The cost would
be prohibitive to manufacture it, yet you can make it in
your home for around $3.00 a pint. This tonic stores for
up to a year if placed in a dark cool closet. They key
to keeping tonics fresh is to prevent them from exposure
to extreme temperature fluctuations. Don’t let them
freeze and don’t let them sit in temperatures above 75*.
In one pot add:
Anise seed, burdock root, chaparral, dandelion root,
licorice root, oregon grape root, poke root,
yellow dock root and add 3 gallons of distilled water.
Cover with lid and set on stove on warm heat overnight
so that the roots can be softened for extraction.
In the morning turn up the heat and bring the water to a
low simmer for about 4 hours then bring to a boil for
15-30 minutes. After boiling turn off heat and strain
the liquid into a clean container by laying a layer of
cheesecloth over your strainer.
In another pot add:
Blue violet, red clover and add 1.5 gallons of distilled
water. Set on counter and let soak in water over night.
In the morning place the pot on the stove on warm/medium
heat to steep (not boil) the herbs like you would a cup
of tea. Let them steep for at least 4 hours then strain
the liquid by laying a layer of cheesecloth over your
Compost the strained herbs in your garden.
Mixing the pots:
Once the liquid is strained from both pots mix it
together in one of the 20 quart pots and let it simmer
for about 30 minutes.
16 oz of vegetable glycerin,
40 oz of honey (or black strap
molasses for those allergic to
4 heaping tablespoons of citric acid
Stir and let the mixture mingle for 15 minutes or so.
When ready to bottle use a candy thermometer to check
the temperature of the liquid. You want the temperature
between 185* - 190* to prevent
bacteria to grow in the tonics. Maintain this
heat temperature throughout bottling.
While waiting for your liquid to reach the accurate
bottling temperature prepare your canning jars.
Sterilize jars and lids.
Once your bottles are sterilized and your herbal liquid
is at the right temperature add the tonic liquid to the
hot jars. Fill to ½” from top of jar and cap. Let cool
overnight. Check to make sure all the jars are sealed
properly then store them.
Once you open a jar of tonic for use you must
The tonic will last for a month in the refrigerator once
it has been opened. Sediment in the bottom of the jars
is normal. Give the jar a little shake or stir to mix
the sediment before taking.
How much to take:
Adult Folklore Dosage: 2 Tablespoon 2 times a day
for cancer, tumors, liver, viral and
bacterial infections. In my practice I
cancer patients take this tonic for at least
a year and then drop to a maintenance dose of taking it
once a day for another year. Some of my cancer patients
continue to take it on and off throughout their life to
keep their blood and lymph clear of toxins.
cancer prevention use a bottle of this tonic
every 3 months taking 1 Tablespoon 2 times a day.
Do use if you are pregnant. Do not use if you are taking
blood thinning agents like Warfarin (also known under
the brand names of Coumadin, Jantoven, Marevan, and
information provided in this article is for
informational purposes only and is not intended as a
substitute for advice from your health care
professional. You should not use the information in this
article for self-diagnosis or to replace any
medication. You should consult with a
healthcare professional before starting any diet,
exercise or supplementation program, before taking any
medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a
health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or
About the author
Leslee Dru Browning is a 6th generation Medical
Herbalist & Nutritionist from the ancestral line of
Patty Bartlett Sessions; Pioneer Mid-Wife & Herbalist.
Leslee practiced Medical Herbalism and Nutritional
Healing for over 25 years and specialized in Cancer
Wellness along with Chronic Illness. She now devotes her
career to teaching people, through her writing, about
Natural Healing from An Herbal Perspective.
Modeled closely after Dru Browning's famous Blood Tonic.