Keith Lorren Jamaican Roots Tonic

Sour Sop Leaves: Benefits of soursop leaf turned out 1000 times more powerful content and its ability of chemotherapy in treating cancer
Chaney Root:  Known for its aphrodisiac and tonic properties.  Traditionally Chaney Root is used in “Roots” drinks as an aphrodisiac. It is used for anemia, syphilis and arthritis. It is also used to combat fatigue, neutralize acids and increase red blood cells.  Chaney Root is used as pain relief and as a treatment for male impotency and all skin conditions.
Sarsaparilla:  The root of Jamaican Sarsaparilla is used to treat rheumatism, arthritis and other pains.  It is used to remedy skin conditions, such as, acne, eczema, psoriasis, ring worm and scrofula diseases.  It is said to cure syphilis. It is a good blood purifier.  It helps to break up infections in the body by eliminating wastes through urine and perspiration.  It supports the proper functioning of the liver and colon.  It is an ingredient in many tonics for general well-being.  Sarsaparilla is regarded as an aphrodisiac, and especially prized by Jamaican men.   It balances the hormones in both males and females.  It is recommended as an antidote for any strong poison but should be taken on a clear stomach.  It is used to relieve flatulence and is also used as an eye-wash as well as relief for colds, fever, and as  a hair growth hormone.   Sarsaparilla contains the plant steroids sarsasapogenin, smilagenin, sitosterol, stigmasterol, and pollinastanol; and the saponins sarsasaponin, smilasaponin, sarsaparilloside, and sitosterol glucoside, among others.  The majority of sarsaparilla’s pharmacological properties and actions have been attributed to these steroids and saponins.   The saponins have been reported to facilitate the body’s absorption of other drugs and phytochemicals, which accounts for its history of use in herbal formulas as an agent for bioavailability and to enhancement the power and effect of other herbs.
Ginger:   Excellent for all stomach complaints and aids digestion. Ginger contains compounds similar to the digestive enzymes found in the digestive tract, which may help one to digest a heavy, protein-rich meal more easily.   Ginger helps kill the influenza virus and helps the immune system wage war against infection.  Ginger is a time-tested remedy for morning sickness.  It is excellent in treating respiratory ailments and is an effective remedy for menstrual discomfort.
Strong Back Root:   A tonic that tones the body.  It is effective in strengthening the back, the muscles, reproductive organs, and relieves impotence.  It is beneficial to persons suffering from respiratory ailments, as well as those suffering from pains. It also cleanses the blood and is useful with kidney and pulmonary problems. Women too gain relief from menstrual pains when they use this herb.  As a bath, it can treat eye inflammations and bodily aches.
Blood Wisp:  Cleans the blood and helps with circulation.
Mauby   :in folk medicine, mauby is variously ascribed the ability to lower cholesterol, counteract arthritis, reduce high blood pressure, act as an aphrodisiac, relieve dysentery, lower diabetics’ blood sugar, and if nothing else, be an excellent thirst-slaking “cooling” beverage. In fact, recent studies [pdf] from the University of the West Indies have shown that consumption of mauby — particularly when made with young coconut water — can significantly reduce hypertension
Cinnamon:Research has linked the copper-colored stuff with helping lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding a little more than a teaspoon to rice pudding even helped tame blood sugar in people without diabetes. Dr. Kulze says cinnamon also contains polyphenols, antioxidants that create healthier arteries and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition, cinnamon benefits include an energizing scent that has also been found to help increase alertness.
Irish moss :The wonder seaweed is also effective against a number of health conditions such as the formation of varicose veins, halitosis, inflammation and dysentery. Irish moss has also been used as an emollient. The use of Irish moss can also give the user protection against fat, arteriosclerosis and hyper tension.The application of Irish moss on to the skin helps to enhance its natural moisture barrier. At the same time it keeps all sorts of harmful external elements that will harm the skin outside while leaving the beneficial moisture inside. With constant regulated use of Irish moss the skin develops better moisture retention and the ability to retain essential lipids as well. Over all the skin gets a certain glow and has a very healthy appearance when treated with Irish moss. The same seaweed has been used in different combinations for the purpose of treating peptic and duodenal ulcers. It is used as a gelatinous substance which helps to inhibit arteriosclerosis. Amongst the most magnificent healing properties of Irish moss is its ability to provide effective recovery from cancer and radiation poisoning. This is possible due to the high iodine content present in Irish moss. Irish moss has also been used to prevent cholesterol build up in the body while protecting against obesity as well. The use of Irish moss can also help prevent coagulation of the blood while cleaning many bladder disorders as well. The edible seaweed is an excellent source of magnesium, iodine and sodium.
Cerasee:  Jamaicans are particularly fond of the cerasee leaves and use them as an herbal medicine and culinary herb. The cerasee tea form is used for diabetes, digestive disorders, fevers and ulcers. Cerasee is especially sought after as a detoxifier. The leaves, ground peanuts and honey are mixed together and used as a sauce in chicken and meat dishes. The whole cerasee plant mixed with other herbs is used for skin ailments. psoriasis, scabies for colic and other coetaneous diseases. Cerasee is rich in vitamins A & C, carotene, calcium, iron, phosphorous and alkaloids and increases energy and stamina. Cerasee cleanses the body of harmful toxins thereby increasing energy, vitality and stamina. Because cerasee is natural, the vitamins and minerals contained are easily absorbed by the digestive system thereby allowing for greater absorption and efficacy.
Pimento: The active principles in the allspice found to have been anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties. Allspice has eugenol that is a mild anti-microbial agent that when ingested, helps suppress the growth of bad bacteria in the colon while encouraging the production of digestive enzymes.
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Keith Lorren Jamaican Roots Tonic

For centuries, the Africans in Jamaica, known as the Maroons have developed various herbal tonics to improve health. This is my family’s recipe for the famous root tonic. Other names for this drink are Baba roots, Mount Teman Roots, etc
  • ********one bag of Keith’s Roots tonic herbs found on our shop page***** Or
  • 2 teaspoons Keith’s Dessert Spice
  • .28 oz Isinglass
  • .5 oz sarsaparilla
  • 2 oz soursop leaves
  • 1.5 oz irish moss
  • .10 oz mauby bark
  • .30 oz search mi heart
  • 2 oz all man strength or Strong back
  • 2 oz chaney root
  • 2 oz blood wiss
  • ½ cup yerbamate leaves and sticks
  • 5 inch piece of ginger sliced into strips
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1oz cinnamon sticks
  • 32 ozHoney
  • 32 oz Raw cane sugar
  • Large pot of water
  • splash of rum

  1. boil all ingredients together in a large pot of water for 1.5 hours. allow to cool with herbs in pot over night. sweeten with raw cane sugar and honey.
  2. Strain, and store in glass containers. can be consumed the same day, but is better if allowed to ferment for 3- 7 days before drinking
  3. I like this drink strong, but if it is too strong for your taste, add more water.. This is a few times more strong than what they sell in the store so feel free to dilute it as you wish.
  4. Enjoy in the morning and before rigorous activity! No need for viagra after drinking this drink! ;-) some also will add dandelion root, ginsing root, and “Green”, but i cant promote the use of such in public ;-)
  5. this mix will make at least 2 gallons of finished product

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Keith Lorren is a man with a mission to unite the world through food. He has literally traveled around the world and developed unique, delicious soul food recipes that draw people together around the dinner table.

21 Comments to “Keith Lorren Jamaican Roots Tonic”

  1. Whats up…

    What city are you in? Atlanta or Texas somewhere? I’m trying to get a sense for your influence. I lived 22 years in Atlanta and didn’t get the interest in BBQ until returning to Maryland in 2008. I like your style and cooking ability. Keep killin um…


    Kenney Bigger….

    • Keith Lorren says:

      whats up my man! thank so much for writing and stopping by! I grew up in Miami. my culinary perspective comes from the latin, Caribbean, African, and American influences that i’ve grown up with. much of my techniques were derived from my travels abroad, schooling, and the passed on tradition of my family members.
      Hope you enjoy your stay here! please try our bbq rubs and char grilled flavor profiles!

  2. Samantha Brown says:

    A good tonic for infertility in women over 40.

  3. Ms. Nichele says:

    Good Evening, Mr. Lorren! I trust this finds you doing well. Per the last statement in your recipe –
    ….. some also will add dandelion root, ginsing root, and “Green”, but i cant promote the use of such in public ;-) ….
    What is “Green”? Also, how much of this tonic should be consumed or better yet, what is a serving size? How long does it last? Should it be refrigerated or left in a dark, dry place?

    Thank you for your FABULOUS recipes!!

    • Keith Lorren says:

      Greetings! thanks for stopping by! Green refers to marijuana hahha! you can drink as much or as little as you like. I drink it as often as I can as a welll being drink. It gives me superpowers hahah. i would refrigerate it after making it, and you can drink it cold or hot. to me drinking it hot has a stronger effect. I usually have a regular tea sized cup in the morning and at night. :-D I literally just drank a hot cup of it hahha. I love it and wanted to share it with others. We need to get back to our medicinal roots!

  4. Kaydian says:

    Hi Keith i found your page while looking for a jamaican roots tonic to drink that would help me to detoxify by body manage my type 2 diabetes and also give me energy and kick my body back into shape again can you please let me know which tonic to order or if i can get one custom made for me? i like the benefits of these herbs can they be incorporated somehow without it tasting crazy

    Keith Lorren Jamaican Roots Tonic

    Jamaican roots tonic

    Sour Sop Leaves: Benefits
    Chaney Root:
    Strong Back Root:
    Blood Wisp:

    • Keith Lorren says:

      Greetings! thanks for stopping by! We make a roots tonic herb kit, and would love to send you one. Please visit our shop page and click on the roots tonic link. there you can purchase it if you like and it has all these herbs in it. you will love the way it makes you feel. :-D

  5. Darren says:

    Can you please let me know how much Dandelion root and ginseng root would be ideal to add to your roots tonic blend?
    Can I mix the finished product with juice without changing the efficacy of the tonic?

  6. Bobo Zahir says:

    Greetings Keith. I truly give thanks for you sharing this recipe with the public. I do have a few questions about the fermentation aspect of the instructions. What type of container and top should I use and should it be kept airtight the whole time and in the dark? Any suggestion on the stored temperature for the fermentation process? Do you add sugar or honey during the fementation period? Also can this roots wine be fermented longer than 7 days? I may have a few more questions but I will wait for your response. Blessed love

  7. Swollin Johnson says:

    I need to know how much for a case?

  8. Marva Peynado says:

    This is extremely informative.

  9. Tessa says:


    Can you tell me where i can get the ingredients in The Netherlands??
    got a simlar recipy from a London Friend, but unable to find it here…


  10. Niki McKenzie says:

    Hello Keith,
    Are you familiar with Jamaican Style Ginseng Roots Drink with Tiger Bone Tonic? I purchased it from local grocery. No instructions on how much to consume. I researched it, and it seems to affect people differently. I consumed a “shot glass” amount and immediately felt calm. Any advice on this product?

  11. Trishlyn says:

    Hi, I clicked on the shop link above, and found no roots tonic herb kit. Is it still available anywhere, if so can you post a direct link to it in the comments? Thank you. :)

  12. Bennett RICHARDSON says:

    Good morning,

    It thrills out here in Europe to think on my delicious Mauby of SXM!

    Just wondering if I could go somewhere close to the Atlantic Ocean
    and find some bottles of mauby to sip during the cold winter that lies ahead! Keep up the good work Saint-Martin/Sint-Maarten!

    Bennett RICHARDSON

  13. Tony says:

    How can I order a delivery for the UK?

  14. Raymond Dover says:

    Hi Keith !
    I have searched all over your shop order page , and cannot find
    any information that would allow a customer to place an order
    for your roots tonic recipe .
    I noticed another customer also had asked you before for this
    information . Your reply said we would’ve been ableist to
    place our order last December 2015 .
    I am waiting to place my order with you as soon as you make
    it possible and give access to place an order .
    Thank you Keith .

  15. Jorge Medina says:

    Hello Keith,

    I wanted to buy the bag of roots tonic ingredients, the one which is 29.99. From what I’m reading this makes 2-3 gallons. Should I drink this daily and if so how many ounces should I be drinking daily?

    Look forward to your response. Thank you

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