Adaptogenic Alchemy Tincture

Nourish'd x Aether Collaboration:

While we believe that the foundation of good health lies in a whole-food plant-based diet we’re also advocates of periodic juice and broth fasting and additional elixirs and supplements when required.

Our preferred means of supplementation has always been plant-based extracts. Nature’s medicine cabinet: Herbs, roots, seeds, spices, mushrooms and other botanicals contains a treatment for almost any ailment. However many of these compounds and chemicals are difficult for our bodies to access and breakdown by traditional means – and thus it is necessary to extract them in the form of tinctures.

Aether Herbalist and Apothecary are at the forefront of botanical and fungi extraction in South Africa and once we met them, and learned of the wondrous ways in which they utilizing plant medicines, we knew we had to collaborate. In partnership with their founder Cullen, we have created a range of ten high-potency tinctures which we believe will play an important part in restoring the health of human beings through plant medicine.

What is a tincture?

A tincture is a concentrated extraction of herbs and other natural compounds. Tinctures are an incredible way of ingesting natural medicines as they are extremely bio-available and easily incorporated into daily life. Nourish'd tinctures are made using a dual hydro-ethanol extraction method which delivers maximum potency.

Our Difference:

Not all tinctures are made the same. While there are many methods of extracting the medicinal qualities of plants into ‘potions’ some are definitely better than others. Many tinctures on the market utilize a form of extraction known as the ‘folk’ method. This involves soaking the plant or mushroom material in either alcohol or water for an extended period of time. While this method may draw out a small number of phytochemicals, many are left behind.

Our tinctures are made using an ancient, yet superior, method which extracts almost every trace element from the plant material. This is done by utilizing a lab instrument called a Soxhlet Extractor which essentially runs evaporated ethanol, or water, through the plant-matter over 600 times in four minutes. This process is done with both 99 proof ethanol and water creating both a hydrosol (water extract) and a concentrated alcohol extract. These are then combined and further reduced to create a potent hydro-ethanolic extract/herbal tincture.

About Adaptogenic Alchemy:

All of the ingredients in this tincture are ‘adaptogens’ – a unique classification of plant medicines, which radically improve the body's ability to handle mental, physical and environmental stress. They are intelligent medicines, adjusting their active effects to suit the needs of the consumers body.

Liquorice Root

  •    An anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.
  •    Supports respiratory health.
  •    Aids in promoting and easing gut health and therefore overall digestion.
  •    Aids in management of adrenal fatigue.
  •    Relieves symptoms of coughs and colds.
  •    Relieves abdominal pain.

Maca Root

  •    High in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
  •    Increases libido.
  •    Increases fertility in men and supports prostate health.
  •    Relieves symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, including hot flushes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep problems and irritability.
  •    Reduces anxiety and depression.
  •    Supports muscle gain, increases strength, boosts energy and improves athletic performance.


  •    An Adaptogenic root aiding in managing stress within the body and mind.
  •    Used for over 3000 years to relieve stress and stress related symptoms as well as increasing energy levels and improving concentration.
  •    Reduces the production of cortisol– a study conducted in 2008 concluded that in a group of chronically stressed adults; those who supplemented with Ashwagandha had reduced levels of cortisol production (30%).
  •    Manages the ‘stress pathway’ within the brain by regulating chemical signaling in the nervous system.
  •    May aid in reducing symptoms of depression.
  •    Improves memory through the protection of nerve cells from free radical damage.


  •    Contains a high level of antioxidants which support liver health – aids in treating those with liver damage in both acute and chronic states.
  •    In traditional Chinese medicine it is the only herb known to be perfectly Yin-Yang balanced, to contain all three Treasures (Jing, Qi and Shen), to nurture all five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) and to enter all twelve energy channels (meridians) of the human body.
  •    Aids in the treatment of respiratory diseases, asthma, insomnia, kidney problems and diarrhea.
  •    High in vitamins C and E, Schissandra assists in the production of collagen, promoting skin health and elasticity.
  •    Highly effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease due to it’s ability to block the formation of excess amyloid beta peptides in the brain.


  •    Supports the immune system.
  •    Boosts energy levels as well as reduces side effects of exhaustion – lessens buildup of lactic acid in the body.
  •    Improves circulation.
  •    Enhances muscle reparation and oxygen utilization.
  •    Reduces osteoporosis – increases muscle and bone strength.
  •    Improves lymphatic function.
  •    Aids in repair and strengthening of nerves in the brain.
  •    Lowers blood sugar levels.


    The recommended dosage for this product is 10 drops three times daily and one bottle should last one month.


    You will always be given the option to collect your goods from either our Kloof Street or Observatory stores. In busier periods we may disable Kloof street as a pickup location due to high volumes of foot traffic and limited space, you will then be able to collect from Observatory.

    Shipping of goods within the Cape Town area is charged at R80. Shipping of goods nationally outside of Cape Town is charged at R150. If you live in a rural area please contact us before placing your order to ensure that we are able to deliver to you.

    If you are ordering a non-cleanse-product alongside a cleanse or nutritional programme this may create a shipping rule error and you will only be offered the option to collect. If this occurs please contact us via email:


    May interact with immunosuppressants and sedatives

    May interact with medications which are changed within the liver

    Could slow blood clotting when used in conjunction with Warfarin

    Diabetic medication may have an interaction


    No adverse contraindications have been shown when using these herbs, however please consult your health care provider if there is concern and/ or you are on specific medications

    Please note: If you choose to collect at checkout then your cleanse will be ready to collect by 8.30am and must be collected before 9am on the start date. If you choose to receive delivery then your cleanse will be delivered between 4pm & 6pm the day before you’re set to start.