Bitterness has been a staple of many diverse herbal traditions, from Ayurveda to Traditional Chinese Medicine, and folk herbalism. Although not always favored, bitterness is a taste that signals our body to prepare for food, aiding in the digestive process. Our classic bitters blend is a combination of several time-honored bitter herbs and highlights our Pacific Northwest Oregon grape root.
Our classic bitters are a polyherbal formulation of herbs that have traditionally been considered bitter agents, such as burdock and gentian. We also included Oregon grape root a native Pacific Northwest bitter, fennel seed which supports healthy digestion and was traditionally used to relieve occasional gas and bloating and milk thistle seed which supports the liver’s natural detoxification process.* These bitters can be added to water (sparkling, still, cool, or warm) or enjoyed directly on the tongue.
Bitterness may be one of the few flavors that most folks generally try to avoid. However, bitter foods and herbs have been a healthful component of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and folk herbalism for thousands of years. Herbal bitters are typically prepared using a blend of many different bitter herbs. The taste of bitterness signals the body to begin secreting digestive juices, stimulates peristalsis, and helps to support a well-functioning gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In some cultures, bitter herbs are macerated in liqueurs to create a pre-meal libation (aperitif) or an after-meal digestive aid (digestif). These tasty and bitter liqueurs remain a popular custom in Europe today.
Bitters are generally taken 15 minutes before a meal but can also be savored after eating or even between meals.
Packaging & Shipping • 1 oz., 2 oz., and 4 oz. extracts come in amber glass bottles with a dropper. • 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes come in amber glass bottles with a plastic screw cap and do not include a dropper. • 32 oz., 64 oz., and 1 gallon extracts come in plastic bottles with a plastic screw cap.
Please note:All bulk sizes of 8 oz. and larger are produced to order. Please allow an additional three days for processing.
Precautions Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family (such as feverfew, chamomile, or Echinacea) should exercise caution as a potential allergen. Large doses may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping. Use with caution in persons with gastrointestinal irritation and duodenal ulcers. Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
*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. For educational purposes only.