Isn’t it amazing how our bodies are supported so beautifully by ingredients found in nature? Humans have used herbals since the beginning of time to heal and support their bodies in countless conditions and in all life phases.
One of my favorite ways to naturally support my body is through tinctures of digestive bitters and carminatives. Digestive tinctures are traditional, medicinal preparations of bitter plants used to treat digestive ailments like gas, bloating, cramps, heart burn, and to support overall digestive health.
Bitter herbs support your body’s own ability to release digestive enzymes, HCL, and bile and therefore, help you to digest and absorb your food properly.
You may be familiar of bitters as an addition to certain cocktails like old fashioneds! Not only do bitters provide another flavor element, but they also help to aid in digestion! Examples of bitters include dandelion root, burdock root, ginger root, orange peel, and many more.
When it comes to digestive support, bitter herbs work especially well in combination with a class of herbs that we call “carminatives”. While the bitters help to stimulate gut motility and digestive secretions, carminatives address gas/bloating as they reduce the formation of gas in the digestive tract! They are also often antispasmodic and so help to relieve digestive cramps.
You can find some high quality and effective bitter blends online, but you can also have fun making your own!
This digestive tincture recipe is my own and is made of fresh & dried foods/herbs to promote good digestion and get your digestive fire revved up!
Application: I recommend a few drop in your mouth pre meal. You can also mix it in a little tea or water and throw it back or use a little spray bottle and spray it into your mouth.
Each ingredient here has a specific digestion promoting role. For example, chamomile is a carminative. It is antispasmodic- meaning it soothes muscles throughout the body- this Includes the digestive tract. Dandelion root is a bitter which helps to stimulate the release of digestive enzymes.
As far as sourcing goes, I always like to purchase from organic sources- my preference being Mountain Rose Herbs!
Comment below with your favorite digestive support herbs/spices!
Digestive Tincture Recipe
1/2 cup dried dandelion root
1/2 cup chamomile
1/2 cup fennel
peel from a fresh orange
4 in knob fresh ginger, chopped
1 cup fresh mint, chopped
Two pint size wide mouth mason jars
vodka (40 or 50-proof)
In jar #1: Add equal parts chamomile, fennel, and dandelion root. Fill jar to the 1/2 mark.
Fill to the top with vodka. Take care to cover the plants completely.
In jar #2: Add enough mint, ginger, and orange peel to fill jar 3/4th full. Fill to the top with vodka. Cover plants completely.
Cap both jars with parchment paper and add the outer part of the lid mason jar lid. (as seen in the photo) If you are not using mason jars, simply apply a rubber band to secure parchment paper.
Shake several times a week and check the alcohol levels. If the herbs are not fully submerged, top off with more alcohol. Allow to sit in a dark place for 6-8 weeks.
Once the wait time is over, line a wire mesh strainer with a cheese cloth. Strain the jars one at a time.
Once you’ve strained them, combine the tinctures into one large jar. Fill up little droppers or spray bottles with the tincture for your use!
Don’t forget to label your tincture with function, ingredients, and date.
I hope you all enjoy! Let me know know you’re digestive tinctures turn out and how you like them!
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.