Bitters are a botanical remedy specially formulated to build digestive fire & increase assimilation of nutrients.
This formula is designed to help stimulate digestion during the summer.
- 2 parts dandelion root
- 1 part gentian root
- 1 part licorice root
- Place herbs in a small glass jar, filling 1/3 of the jar full.
- Completely cover herbs with your choice of alcohol, filling jar 1 inch from the top.
- Cover with parchment paper and lid, and label jar with herbs and alcohol used, start date, and finish date.
- Allow to macerate for 4 weeks in a cool dark spot.
- Decant herbs and compost.
- Place tincture in a small glass spray bottle and use 2-3 sprays in your mouth before meals.
COMMON BITTER HERBS
As noted above, some bitter herbs may surprise you. Yet, their classification is based on taste and as with the other primary tastes — salty, sour, and sweet — there are degrees of bitterness. As an introduction, here are 10 to ponder:
- Angelica: Angelica archangelica. Dating back centuries, it’s been used to remedy colds and ailments such as rheumatism. Its properties make it a stimulant, stomachic, and tonic.
- Chamomile: Matricaria chamomilla. A mild bitter herb used as a sedative and antispasmodic. Its curative properties include relief of both fever and restlessness.
- Dandelion: Taraxacum. A mild bitter herb used as a blood cleanser and diuretic. Also said to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Still used in traditional cooking in the Mediterranean and parts of Asia.
- Goldenseal: Hydrastis canadensis. A strong bitter herb used to stimulate appetite and eliminate infections.
- Horehound: Marrubium vulgare. Dating back to Ancient Egypt, horehound is believed to be one of the original bitter herbs of the Bible. It has been used for colds and respiratory ailments (such as in cough syrup and throat lozenges).
- Milk Thistle: Silybum marianum. Also known as “sow-thistle,” this herb was likely one of the original bitter herbs. In healing, it’s known as a powerful liver detoxifier, as well as an antidote for Amanita-mushroom poisoning.
- Peppermint: Mentha piperita. Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder wrote of peppermint, “The very smell of it alone recovers and refreshes the spirit.” The ancient herb is used as a flavor, a fragrance, and medicine. Peppermint oil is used to allay nausea and stomach aches.
- Rue: Ruta. A strong bitter herb used as an antispasmodic, a sedative, and a mild stomachic.
- Wormwood: Artemisia absinthium. A perennial plant used as an antiseptic, tonic, diuretic, and stomachic. The herb’s strong bitter taste is still used in wines and spirits, such as vermouth.
- Yarrow: Achilles millefolium. A flowering plant that produces a mild bitter herb used as an astringent and cold remedy. The entire herb can be used for remedy.