[1 oz] Road Trip * Digestive Bitters

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[1 oz] Road Trip * Digestive Bitters

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This yummy (and really bitter) bitters can be taken, a few drops on the tongue, before meals or any time your stomach feels not quite right. Especially good for travel. Can also be used as a cocktail ingredient. Contains alcohol and comes with the recipe for you to make it yourself!

Ingredients: Yellow dock root, orange peel, fennel seed, ajwan, anise seed, coriander in brandy. *Some bottles have a small amount of ginger in water as well (I was experimenting) but the end result is quite similar. If you have a preference, tell me in the notes and I’ll do my best to get you one with OR without ginger. All herbs are from certified organic suppliers or sustainably harvested and processed by my own hands.

>> This Recipe

Was inspired by a recipe from one of my teachers, Liz Migliorelli of Sister Spinster Apothecary. We made a similar digestive bitters in her class and I loved it. It helped me so much on my move from California to Nebraska, when we had truly nothing to eat but Taco Bell, Starbucks, and gas station snacks.

The food situation on America’s highways is brutal. And for myself, eating that way doesn’t necessarily give me indigestion, but instead I feel a great dullness of the spirit. I don’t know how else to say it. On this trip, I found that taking a few drops of those digestive bitters brought a sense of aliveness back to me, a feeling of joy and levity, and comfort in my physicality.

So, I had to make it myself. I made a big batch. And of course I changed the recipe (I’m incapable of following someone else’s recipe) and with Liz’s permission, I am offering these bottles of it for sale.

>> On Digestive Bitters

Bitters are a classic European and early American medicine with many variations. The term “bitters” is slightly misleading, because most bitters are also slightly sweet and pungent, even spicy in taste. This recipe I made is more bitter than average. In Ayurvedic medicine, small quantities of the bitter and pungent tastes are said to support digestion and assimilation and the general health of the digestive organs, including the liver and gallbladder.

If you have major digestive problems, this is no magical cure-all, although you may find it supportive. But you knew that. Not to minimize the potency and healing gifts of these herbs, but this product is more intended for digestive support for folks who are traveling and/or experiencing mild or intermittent digestive challenges, or who want to use it in cocktails.

Digestive bitters do blur the arbitrary line between medicine and beverage cocktails, which I appreciate. Cocktails have their own rather strange history. I see them as a way that folk medicine has been hidden in plain sight and is available just below the surface for anyone looking for it, and a way that basically anything sacred and deeply healing has been thrust into the collective shadow.

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