These amazing bitters just won an award at the 2016 American Herbalist Guild Symposium for the most innovative new product! Combining the flavors of dark coffee, burdock root and dandelion root, with a hint of maple and gentian, they taste like a whole cup of rich, fresh-brewed coffee in just a few drops.
Bitters are traditionally used by herbalists to improve digestive function; when we take them before meals, we enhance the breakdown of food, absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste products. A bit about the herbs in this blend:
Coffee: before we add all the cream and sugar (or in my case maple syrup!) to our morning coffee, the brewed beans are actually quite bitter. In fact, black coffee is probably the most bitter thing most Americans get in their diet on a daily basis. Herbalist Jim McDonald once said that the overabundance of sweet cravings in our culture is likely a crying-out for the taste of bitter, which has largely been eradicated by our diets. Using coffee as a bitter in this blend can help integrate this important taste back into our daily routine with a flavor that many of us associate with comfort.
Burdock: burdock is one of my most beloved plants. This seemingly gentle root is a reminder that just because something is gentle, doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. Burdock has the amazing ability to help remind our digestive system what it means to be well; when we consume burdock on a daily basis, its alterative properties help to clean away the by-products of metabolic waste and assist our body in absorbing more nutrition from our food so that we feel and function at our highest level.
Dandelion: dandelion is another amazing herb for the digestive system. Its root is a gentle choleretic and cholagogue, helping to stimulate the production and flow of bile so that we can break down and absorb digested fats more effectively.
Gentian: on the spectrum of bitters energetics, gentian is cold! It is a true bitter root, powerfully stimulating our digestive capacity and nudging our body back towards normal digestive secretions and peristaltic activity. Gentian is great for those of us who find it challenging to digest heavier foods, especially fats and proteins.