House of Herbology: DIY Digestive Bitters

Digestive bitters are a preparation of herbs that support digestive function by stimulating digestive juices such as stomach acid, bile, and enzymes so that food can be broken down naturally and nutrients easily absorbed.

Bitter substances have the ability to improve kidney and liver function, improve bile, reduce bloating and flatulence, improve metabolism, and prevent acidification of the body.

Bitter substances have almost been completely eliminated from the modern diet, and adding digestive bitters to one’s diet can help to support digestive function and promote wellbeing.

A formula for bitters can include any combination of herbs, roots, bark, fruit, seeds, or flowers. Some of the most well known bitters, such as Angostura Bitters, have become staples in cocktails for enhancing the flavour of drinks. While formulas such as Swedish Bitters have been used as a healing elixir for hundreds of years.

The below video gives a suggested recipe for digestive bitters but there are many different herbs that can be used for this purpose.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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