Herbs for Health: Apertif Bitter Tea

An appetite for herbs


| October/November 1997


Before sitting down to a large meal, you might consider taking a few sips of bitter tea. The following recipe offers the power of three proven digestive herbs.

  • 1 teaspoon dried blessed thistle
  • ¼ teaspoon dried gentian root
  • A small pinch of wormwood leaves
  1. Pour a cup of boiling water over the herbs and steep, covered, for 15 minutes. Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar.
  2. Sip a teaspoon at a time, holding the liquid in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. You may alternatively add a teaspoon of the tea to a glass of tonic water or club soda flavored with a squeeze of lime.


Steven Foster is an author, photographer and consultant specializing in medicinal plants.

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