Bitter herbs and foods were a regular part of our ancestors diets. One of my favorite herbalists, Jim Mcdonald refers to our cultures avoidance of bitter tastes as “bitter deficiency”. This flavor could be looked at as an essential part of the diet, rather than “medicine”. When incorporated into a regular diet, bitters offer the potential of helping with sluggish digestion, absorption of nutrients, balancing blood sugar levels, and reducing acid reflux.
A few ways to reap the benefits of bitters:
-Start your meal with a salad of your favorite greens mixed with some “bitter” greens such as, arugula, dandelion, or chicory.
-Take a small amount of a formulated bitter product before meals. We sell a few great formulas, one of my favorites is from Urban Moonshine.
-Make your own bitters! You can get really creative and create a fun flavor using such herbs as licorice or ginger. A few of my favorite bitter herbs to include in homemade formulations are dandelion root, burdock root, and gentian.