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Herbs for Digestion: Bitters on the Go

Improve digestion and lose weight with these recipes.
By Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac., A.H.G.
May/June 1998

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Prepare bitters to take with you and promote the digestive system's health.


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Bitters on the Go

Makes 2 ounces (1/4 cup)

Combine tinctures in this recipe to make a quick, easy, and clean concoction. Tuck a bottle of Bitters On The Go into your purse or travel bag for portable digestive support. Pregnant women and people with heart or liver disease or hypertension should consult a qualified health practitioner before using the bitters.

• 3/4 fluid ounce (4 1/2 teaspoons) artichoke leaf tincture
• 1/2 fluid ounce (3 teaspoons) ginger rhizome tincture
• 1/4 fluid ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons) angelica root tincture
• 1/4 fluid ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons) cardamom pods tincture
• 1/8 fluid ounce (3/4 teaspoon) gentian root tincture
• 1/8 fluid ounce (3/4 teaspoon) licorice root tincture

1. Blend the tinctures and store in an amber dropper bottle or a dark glass jar.

2. Take 1 teaspoon in a little water before meals. You can adjust the amounts of the tinctures in the recipe to taste, but the finished product should taste bitter and a little spicy for full effectiveness.


Christopher Hobbs’s case studies are gleaned from his thirty years of studying and practicing herbalism. Hobbs, a fourth-generation botanist and herbalist, is an Herbs for Health Editorial Advisory Board member and licensed acupuncturist. He is the author of St. John’s wort: The Mood Enhancing Herb, (Botanica, 1997), Stress and Natural Healing, (Botanica, 1997), and many other books.

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