Lifestyle Markets features interesting facts about Digestive Bitters. “Digestive Bitters are herbs that support digestive function by stimulating bitter receptors on the tongue, stomach, gallbladder and pancreas. Their primary effect is to promote digestive juices such as stomach acid, bile and enzymes to breakdown food and assist in the absorption of nutrients.”
Bitter herbs include dandelion, burdock, gentian, artichoke, chamomile, milk thistle, motherwort, goldenseal and angelica. As bitter herbs are considered “cold” in nature they are often combined with warming herbs such as cinnamon, cardamom and ginger to balance the formula.
Bitters are best taken before a meal to support digestion. Take a dropper full in a small amount of water, tea or soda water shortly before a meal. If you suffer from heartburn, start with a very low dose and increase slowly as tolerated. Bitters are not recommended if you suffer from gastritis, stomach ulcer, gallbladder disease or kidney disease.”
It is important to note that some mixtures of these herbs may induce laxative effects for some clients. I would recommend a consultation to ensure you are comprehensively briefed on the appropriate use of these herbs.
Here is a great recipe to make your own Digestive Bitters at home!