Make Your Own: Digestive Bitters

 

There are many herbs that are considered bitter in nature that makes being creative with your recipe accessible. Most digestive herbs are considered to be a cooling herb and to balance an herbal digestive recipe adding herbs that are warming like cinnamon, clove, cardamom and ginger provide a good balance to your blend. Some folks will use alcohol or vinegar as their base to infuse the herbs into.

 

These are several bitter herbs to consider for your perfect formula:

Gentian Root

Angelica Root

Dandelion Root

Yellowdock Root

Quassia Bark

Bitter Orange

Wormwood

Coffee Beans

Chicory

Yarrow

Mugwort

Milk Thistle

Goldenseal

Oregon Grape Root

Peppermint

Chamomile

Cinchona

Rue

 

Make a big batch for your family and friends. Digestive bitters are the gift that keeps giving.   

 

Orange & Chamomile Recipe:

Here’s what you will need:

-4 Oranges

-1cup 151-proof Neutral Grain Spirit. (Such as Everclear)

-1 teaspoon Angelica Root

-1 teaspoon Chamomile

-1 teaspoon Gentian Root

-1 teaspoon Yarrow

-1 ½ cups 101-proof Bourbon

-1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

-1/2 teaspoon Cardamom pods

-1/2 teaspoon Cloves

-1 Star Anise

-1 32oz jar with lid

*Several containers for putting the Digestive Bitters in.

 

To Make Your Own: Orange & Chamomile Bitters

-Take the Oranges and zest all 4 oranges to a cookie sheet. Bake on about 100 degrees for about 30-40 minutes.  Toasted, but not burnt. Check this often. All ovens are slightly different.

-Once the orange zest cools, place all the herbs and spices into the 32oz jar. Cover with the alcohol and Apple Cider Vinegar. Label with the recipe and date made and date to pour.

-Shake this jar often and let sit for 15-30 days. I suggest opening it up at day 15 and tasting it. If you want it to be stronger than let it sit for 30 days.

-Once you have achieved desired flavor, strain all the herb content from the liquid. Label and bottle.    

To Use: Add a few drops to your water or beverage. Great to take in advance to heavy food that is hard for your body to process.   

 

Learning to make your own herbal products is a fun evolution to bringing balance to your life. On your person and in your home. We understand that not everyone likes to make his or her own products.

We take great pleasure in creating products and recipes for you. However, if you are interested in going more in depth to make all your own herbal products get signed up for THS Make Your Own: Herbal Product Series, Beginning in January 2019. In this 4 month, hand-on, program we will dive into making an assortment of products for your hair, skin, body and home. Space is limited. Secure your spot today!

 

To set up an herbal consultation with me email: info@theherbshoppepharmacy.com


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Amanda Furbee

Amanda’s interest in herbalism began at an early age but it wouldn’t be until 2010, when she moved to the Pacific Northwest, that her relationship with medicinal plants blossomed. The move from the east coast to the west coast would be more than a change of scenery, it brought her closer towards the wonderful world of herbalism. Ambitious to start learning she found a golden opportunity working at Portland’s first all organic herbal supplier, The Herb Shoppe. Her experience was even more fulfilling than she had hoped for, feeling invigorated Amanda knew this was a step in the right direction. 

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