The holidays are often a time of indulgence. Too much of this, too little of that and you can find yourself feeling out of sorts. Bitters have been used for centuries to promote healthy digestion. While many people associate them with an addition to cocktails, they also have several curative uses. They contain herbs (like angelica, licorice and/or dandelion) and aromatics (orange, lavender or ginger) that help soothe and restore over-taxed digestive systems. You can either make your own or buy a pre-made version (my personal favorite is Urban Moonshine).
Herbal Bitters Tonic
- 8oz Sparkling Mineral Water
- 1 tsp fresh pressed lemon juice
- 1 tsp fresh pressed ginger juice
- 1/4 tsp bitters
Mix and enjoy at room temperature. While there is the tendency to want to put this over ice, it will help the digestive system more to consume at room temperature. Enjoy this tonic once daily before or after a meal. Often the herbs in bitters are contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please ask you provider if you have any questions.