Bitter foods and herbs play a very important role in digestion and the health of the organs that facilitate it.
Bitters stimulate the production of digestive fluids that help to break down food to ensure that the body can absorb the nutrients from it. They also help to tone and heal the digestive tissues.
When you first taste bitter foods, bitter taste receptors on the tongue trigger reactions throughout the digestive tract. In the mouth, bitters promote salivation, which breaks down starches and begins to digest fats.
In the stomach, bitters promote the production of gastrin, a hormone that regulates how much gastric acid is produced. This is especially important because an adequate amount of stomach acid is necessary for the body to be able to uptake minerals from food.
Bitters also aid in the production of pepsin, an enzyme that helps break down proteins and is key to the proper absorption of vitamin B12.
In the pancreas, liver, and gall bladder, bitters promote the production and flow of pancreatic enzymes and bile, which help to break down fats & oils, lubricate the intestines so digested food can pass through, and rid the liver of waste products.
This blend utilizes the bitter properties of chamomile and dock to help promote a healthy digestive tract and process. Because bitter herbs are cooling in nature, it helps to combine them with a warming herb to help balance this action, thus the addition of ginger to this formula.
Additionally, the aromatic properties of the orange peel and chamomile in this recipe are helpful for relieving gas and bloating. Orange peel has been used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine for thousands of years to aid digestion, promote liver function, and relieve gas & bloating. It can be helpful for abdominal distention, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.
This tincture is an invaluable remedy to have on hand for a wide variety of stomach issues. Digestive bitters tincture aids digestion, relieves gas & bloating, and can be helpful for nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Dosing: 15-30 drops as needed for relief of acute indigestion. To promote healthy digestion and help prevent gas, bloating, & stomach pain, take a few drops in water before meals.
Ingredients: medicinal grade alcohol, bitter dock (Rumex obtusifolius),* chamomile (Matricaria recutita),* orange peel (Citrus sinensis), and ginger (Zingiber officinale)
This tincture contains 30% alcohol
All Sierra y Cielo products are hand-crafted in small batches using only natural, non-toxic ingredients.
*Indicates ingredients that were grown or produced here at Finca Sierra y Cielo.