"An elixir is a substance that is believed to cure all ills."

Such is the philosophy behind Elixir Tonics & Teas. The store, established in1996, offers an array of herbal remedies to treat everything from indigestion and fatigue to sexual maladies.

The moment you step into the store, the oriental ambiance envelops you in a sea of tranquility. Let Elixir’s Japanese botanical garden take you away for a moment as you listen to the peaceful music of its water fountains. The fragrant candles, decorative chopsticks and ornate teapots that fill the store can all be bought so you can build your own Zen space at home.

Elixir stands firm in the belief that whole-leaf teas are best since they retain the plant’s delicate oils unlike broken or ground leaf teas. Both Camellia Sinensis (true teas) and Tonic Herbal Teas (formulated by Elixir’s credentialed Herbalists) are available in flavors like Grand Earl Grey, Black Ginger Peach and Shanghai Spice.

If you’re not a tea person, then scoot on over to Elixir’s Gan Bei Tonic Bar for one of their delicious tonics, served hot or cold, to clear your mind and bring balance to your entire body. Although, many of the ingredients in the tonics aren’t that foreign, even if you are wary of sampling new and unique flavors, you won’t feel left out while enjoying a simple Ginger Ale or Root Beer Tonic.

Feel a cold coming on? Boost your immunity with the classic Tame the Elements tonic comprised of lemon and white grape juice, honey and herbs like honeysuckle, goldenbell, Chinese bellflower and Chinese mint. Elixir also offers sex tonics like Mighty Joe Yang and Chi Devil, as well as, a Morning After Tonic to bring relief from even the nastiest of hangovers.

If you don’t have time to enjoy the teas and tonics in the store, you can purchase teas and herbs to take home and mix with your favorite juices. Herbal mixes can be used as supplements to give you energy or even make your hair more healthy and shiny.

Herbs are also used to treat conditions like constipation and menstrual cramps. An expert herbalist is on hand from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to answer questions and to help you figure out what herbal combination is best for you.

In the fast-paced world of Los Angeles, it’s easy to get tied up in the stress of day-to-day life. So, step away from the Blackberry, turn that cell phone off for a while and step through the threshold of Elixir.

For more information, call (310) 657-9300 or visit www.elixirtonics.com.