And learn how to make this special homemade digestion aid.
So if you’re feeling a little uncomfortable around the belt (you know: bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation — which can be a result of anything from stress to age, overeating, or poor diet), bitters might give your sluggish system a jolt.
Notable digestion-enhancing bittering agents include gentian rootTrusted Source, dandelion, wormwoodTrusted Source, and burdock. We put together a recipe that you can make at home for digestive support.
- 1 ounce dried gentian root
- 1/2 ounce dried dandelion root
- 1/2 ounce dried wormwood
- 1 tsp. dried orange peel
- 1/2 tsp. dried ginger
- 1/2 tsp. fennel seed
- 8 ounces alcohol (recommended: 100 proof vodka or SEEDLIP’s Spice 94, a nonalcoholic option)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar and pour alcohol on top.
- Seal tightly and store the bitters in a cool, dark place.
- Let the bitters infuse until the desired strength is reached, about 2-4 weeks. Shake the jars regularly (about once per day).
- When ready, strain the bitters through a muslin cheesecloth or coffee filter. Store the strained bitters in an airtight container at room temperature.
To use: Take a few drops of this digestive bitters 15-20 minutes before or after your meal, taken straight or mixed into water.