This forumla is a combination of adaptogens for extra energy. It was formulated by the late Victoria Fortner. Adaptogens are natural, non-toxic subsances, particually plant based, herbal substances, that help the body adapt to stress and exert a normalizing effect on the body’s natural processes there by increasing the body’s own ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.

Devil’s club  – Oplopanax horridus – Adaptogen, alterative, antibacterial, emetic, purgative, antiviral, anti-fungal, laxative, analgesic. It is often suggested for headaches, rheumatic pain, respiratory ailments, stomach ulcers, hangover, internal and external staphylococcus, gallstones, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, short-term weight loss, and respiratory problems. It aides in expelling after birth and start postpartum menstrual flow and helps to relieve cramps.

Eluethro senticosus – Eluethro senticosus – Formerly known as Siberian Ginseng. Eluethro is Adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, hepatic tonic, anti-coagulant, improves short term memory and is an immuno-modulator. Increasing energy and stamina, Eleuthero helps the body resist viral infections, and environmental toxins such as radiation and chemo. It is used in cardiovascular and neurovascular conditions to restore memory, concentrations and cognitive ability. It is a popular natural remedy for depression, fatigue, and nervous breakdowns. Sited to prevent stress-related illnesses, increase male and female fertility and reduce male impotence. Relieves menstural disorders and menopausal symptoms.

Astragalus – Astragalus membranaceus – This herb has been used by Chinese Herbalists for more than 2,000 years for its beneficial medical properties. It is highly rejuvenative, immuno-stimulant, anti-tumor, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion and helps balance blood sugar. Because Astragalus strengthens the body’s resistance to disease, increases energy, and balances the energy of all the internal organs, it is useful in wasting and exhausting diseases. Possibly increases the phagocytotic activity of the white blood cells of the immune system and appears to restore T-cell counts to relatively normal ranges in some cancer patients.

Gotu kola – Centella asiatica – It is historically used for healing wounds, improving mental clarity, skin conditions (i.e., leprosy and psoriasis), repiratory infections, syphilis, hepatitis, fevers and more. Most often used today in Western herbalisim for varicose veines and chronic venous insufficiency, mild anxiety, fatigue and overall stress while calming and relaxing, Gotu Kola stimulates the mind and helps creative flow, boosts immune system over longterm treatment and helps prevent infections internally or externally on cuts, scrapes and scratches. Also an alterative, antipyretic, diuretic, febrifuge, antispasmodic, nervine, sedative and tonic.

Ashwaganda – Withania Somnifera – Tonic, rejuvenative, nervine, sedative, astringent, anti-asthmatic, bactericide, contraceptive, diuretic and anti-inflammatory. This native of India is often used topically for tumors, and internally for treating fevers, infections, bubercular glands, and ulcers. Ashwaganda boost the immune system, improves memory, promotes over all wellness, decreases stress and increases mental activity. In rates dosed with Ashwaganda they showed that it lead to more acetylcoline receptor activity and it was concluded that the increase in that particular neurotransmitter could account for the increase in cognitive ability and memory. One study shows it leading to the growth of axons and dendrites (junctions in the nervous system).

Suma – Pfaffia paniculatta – Popular as a hormone tonic, for increasing libido and energy. It is used in modern Brazilian herbal medicine practices as a cellular oxygenator and taken to stimulate appetite, circulation, and estrogen production; to balance blood sugar levels, enhance immune system, strengthen the mscular system and enhance memory. Also used in fatigue, sickel cell anemia, stress, endocrine disorders, mononucleosis, and hormonal disorders.  Adaptogen, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, cellular protector, immuno-stimulant, nervine, anti-oxidant.

Schizandra – Schisandra chinensis – These Chinese berries stimulates the central nervous system increases brain efficiency, improves reflexes, and accelerates endurance. They are also adaptogen, anti-fatigue, stimuant, anti-bacterial, cardiac tonic, antioxidant, anti-depressant. The seeds of these powerful berries contain lignans, schizandrin, deoxyschizandrin, gomisins, and pregomisin which are all constituants that have been found to be hapatoprotective [liver protectant] and immunomodulating [balancing the immune system, not simply boosting or depleting, but giving it what ever it happens to need].

Kelp – Ascophyllum nodosum – Promotes healthy thyroid and is beneficial to sensory nerves and membranes surrounding the brain and spine. Improves intestinal flora and protects the body from radiation, while boosting the immune system and increasing energy. It can also be used for skin diseases, burns, aging skin, and insect bites. It is an anti-oxidant, demulcent, emollient, alterative, nutritive, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory and metabolic stimulant. 


Kerry Brock, Certified Herbalist and owner at Shawnee Moon, is a researcher of plants, an eater of herbs, a drinker of coffee and a formulator of remedies. She keeps busy trying out pinterest diy’s and often failing at cooking in her backwoods home in rural southeast Missouri with her fantastic husband, Davy, two dogs, an assortment of cats and a unbelievably supportive family near by.


The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only; it is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease. It is simply for use in the maintenance and promotion of good health in cooperation with a licensed medical practitioner. Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not licensed to treat or diagnose disease. Consult with your physician for diagnosis or treatment. By using this information you agree that the decisions regarding your health are your own responsibility and understand that Kerry Brock and Shawnee Moon are not liable for your health decisions.

Sources and Continued reading:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing James & Phyllis Balch, Weiner’s Herbal Michael Weiner, The New Age Herbalist Richard Mabey The Way of Herbs Michael Tierra, The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine Daniel Mowery, Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible Earl Mindell, Victoria Fortner, The School of Natural Healing Dr. John Christopher, Back to Eden Jethro Kloss, The Complete Medicinal Herbal Penelope Ody, A Modern Herbal Mrs. M. Greieve, The Complete Illustrated Holistic HerbalDavid Hoffmann, The Green Pharmacy James A. Duke, Ph.D., 20,000 Secrets of Tea Victoria Zak, The Herb Book John Lust, Various informative websites containing herbal and health information, including Wikipedia.

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