Pain, Spasm, and Cramp Tonic

Drink this tonic to abate headaches, tension, muscle spasms, and intestinal cramps. Ginger and cinnamon should be omitted if any inflammatory bowel or gastritis is involved. This tonic may also be used as a compress.

4    tablespoons cramp bark or blackhaw

1    (1/4 inch) slice fresh ginger root or 1/2 cinnamon stick

1    ounce chamomile flowers

Simmer cramp bark or blackhaw and ginger or cinnamon in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes, covered. Turn off the heat and add chamomile flowers. Cover. Allow to cool 15 minutes. Strain and sip a half cup every half hour as needed to abate symptoms.