Georgina’s Emollient Tonic
In the highlands of Peru, where Georgina was born, this beverage is prepared every morning in large batches and sent with the men into the fields to sustain wellness during long workdays. The corn silk and horsetail nourish kidney, liver and prostate in the reduction of water retention and the elimination of toxins. The Peruvian, wide-leaf plantain, is Georgina’s go to remedy for promoting the health of mucosal membranes throughout the body, specifically in the respiratory tract.
24 oz water
1 tsp. barley, toasted
1 tsp. flax seeds
1 cup pineapple skin and core, chopped
¼ cup horsetail
¼ cup plantain leaf
¼ cup corn silk
¼ cup alfalfa
stevia or local raw honey to taste
To make 1 small pitcher: In covered pot, simmer barley, flax, pineapple, horsetail, corn silk in 24 oz water for about 20 min. Remove from heat and add plantain leaf and alfalfa, and let steep for an additional 20 min. Stir in stevia or honey to taste.