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Digestive Bitters
2oz Organic herbal powder; Item #281
Digestive bitters are revered in Europe for digestion, rejuvenation, bloating relief, and mental sharpness. Caution! A little goes a long way.

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Ayurveda Lifestyle Digestive Bitters
When you feel heavy, sluggish and cloudy, re-energizing may be as simple as taking bitter herbs and spices. Bitters stimulate digestion, and cleanse the liver and blood of heavy fats. Poor digestion, so prevalent today, was a foreign ailment to our ancestors. This is because for millennia our ancestors' diets were high in bitters. Bitters are often lacking or completely absent from our modern diet. Digestive bitters, perhaps what your body is silently craving, can help you digest your food without leaving you tired or suffering from acid reflux or bloating. This formula contains herbs traditionally used for:
  • Lifting stomach heaviness and sluggishness after eating
  • Difficulty concentrating & sharpening cloudy thoughts
  • Decongesting the gall bladder
  • Detoxifying the blood
  • Relieving uncomfortable abdominal bloating and swelling
  • Reducing cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides
  • Weight loss

Bitters, the Liver & Digestion

Digestive bitters are the most popular digestive remedy in Europe. They help food move through your digestive tract easily by stimulating peristalsis - the cleansing muscular contractions of the digestive tract. Bitters contribute to regularity in elimination of the bowels. They also increase digestive enzymes, speeding up the digestive process. Inefficient digestion siphons large amounts of energy, making a person feel tired, moody or just plain yucky. Efficient digestion makes a person feel light, energized, refreshed, and clear headed, which is why bitters are a great remedy if you often feel tired or lethargic after eating. Bitters directly detoxify the blood, and decongest the liver and gall bladder by stimulating bile secretion. Bitters also reduce cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides. Bitters also have the power to eliminate unhealthy food cravings by resetting your palette.

SUGGESTED USE

1/4 tsp in warm water before meals, 1-2x daily or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my herbs?
Follow these guidelines
This product contains loose herbal powder for the freshest and most potent results. An organic cotton tea bag will be provided with your order to strain your herbs for enjoyable drinking. Your order will contain about 60 servings, 1/2 teaspoon each.

Contains: Amalaki, Peppermint, Brahmi/ Gotu Kola Leaf, Neem Leaf, Bitter Orange Peel, Licorice Root, Ginger, Fennel Seed

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Digestive Formula Herb Sampler Kit

MEDICINAL QUALITIES

INCREASES
Digestive Effects Help

Increases These Qualities (Gunas)

Ayurveda helps you assess how you feel through the 20 main therapeutic feelings or qualities called gunas. Through the gunas you can articulate, experience and develop sensitivity to the signals your body sends you. Imbalanced gunas are the root of your imbalances. Every guna has an opposite which balances is (i.e. hot balances cold). You create balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite guna.

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MOBILE

Mobile ABOUT MOBILE GUNA

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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CLEAR

Clear ABOUT CLEAR GUNA

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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TASTES
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The 6 Tastes

Taste has meaning in Ayurveda, and brings physical and emotional changes to your body. Taste is experienced on the tongue and is your body's reaction to foods much in the same way that your emotions are mental reactions to experiences. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below? Food and herbs with the following tastes could aggravate your symptoms.

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PUNGENT

Pungent ABOUT PUNGENT GUNA

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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BITTER

Bitter ABOUT BITTER GUNA

Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

Your body type shows how your strengths, as well as how your body typically goes out of balance. It also shows how your body responds to the environment. Your body type is comprised of certain qualities and affects every part of you - your physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is because your body type is based on how your body uses energy. Ayurveda has 3 body types (doshas), called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata spends energy. Pitta burns energy. Kapha stores energy. Vata people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Pitta people tend to be hot, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Kapha people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.

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PACIFIES
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
SUBTASTE
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Digestion
Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestive.

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Cleanse and Detox
Detoxicant

DETOXICANT

An herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.

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Heart & Circulation
Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Immune System
Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antibacterial

ANTIBACTERIAL

Herbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.

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Liver & Gall Bladder
Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.

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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias.

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Weight Loss
Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels

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Lowers Blood Sugar

LOWERS-BLOOD-SUGAR

An herb that lowers blood sugar.

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Product Reviews for Digestive Bitters

(4.88 out of 5 stars) 8 reviews

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pls. send me name and details of this formulation and it is available in which which form?(tablet, capsule, syrup,etc...)

- jignesh, 07-28-12 (Reply)
It is available in powder form.

Should I drink the herbs or strain them? They are extremely bitter can I use a little honey to sweeten them up or mix i a spoon of apple sauce instead?

- Sally, St. louis, MO, 05-21-13 (Reply)
Dear Sally, Yes, you can mix honey into them. If you are unused to bitter taste, the formula may appear strong. Usually within 40 days the tastebuds recalibrate. Then you may find you have an entirely new relationship with bitter taste. Also, brewing and straining should give you control over the strength of the formula. ~John

Strong but good. I dilute them with apple juice. My husband likes them too.

- sarah scott, Monterey, CA, 06-20-13 (Reply)
My husband and I have each tried the digestive bitters twice -- does as advertised and it is not at all difficult to drink. A great replacement for my previous OTC "bubbly" antacid, so my travel bag now includes a container of DB to mix with water when I've eaten too much rich food. One tip: upon opening the packet, don't inhale! (I was curious as to how the mix smelled and the cayenne went right up my nose!)

- Sharon H Barnett, Lindsay, CA, 09-05-13 (Reply)
Really HOT!!!!

Is it ok to drink them AFTER a meal? do they help in the same way? - Donna H Indian Land, SC

- Donna Hartenstine, Charlotte, NC, 04-22-14 (Reply)
Am very happy with the effects of the bitter herbs. Do they come in two different varieties? The one I have you need to brew for 5 minutes and strain. Is there one that is instant? I actually like the taste and my digestion and elimination have improved immensely. Believe this product to be a keeper.

- Krutika, Austerlitz, NY, 06-13-14 (Reply)
Thanks for the comments on Digestive Bitters....it has become a bestseller! If it tastes bad to you, mix with almond milk!

- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC, 09-16-14 (Reply)
Are digestive bitters okay to consume for a Vata dosha without a gallbladder?

- j, 12-11-14 (Reply)
Yes, J, Digestive Bitters are safe for a Vata Constitution without a gallbladder for short term use. Just be mindful to keep enough juicy, unctuous, heavy foods in your diet to keep Vata nice and mellow. Hope that helps!

I am 61 and Pitta dosha though Vata symptoms because of age? I am wondering do I attempt to address balancing of both? Also gallstones though avoiding surgery have worked through diet to avoid any further gallbladder attacks since 4 years. Now have thyroiditis though has not gone into Graves or Hashimotos as yet. Thank you, Patricia

- Patricia, Colorado springs, CO, 12-20-14 (Reply)
If you don't have a gallbladder, can this be used, and if so, for how long? Without a gallbladder, would one use it daily or rotate it?

- Karen Moussou, Fort wayne , IN, 01-01-15 (Reply)
Yes! This formula is quite helpful for those who have had their gall bladder removed and may ease some of the digestive discomfort you experience. Take a break for one week a month.

Are these bitters ok to take during pregnancy?

- Elizabeth, Minneapolis, MN, 03-08-15 (Reply)
Yes, you may take this formula during pregnancy, but please take a half dose.

Are Digestive Bitters ok for a 5 year old? had gardia as a baby for 2.5 yrs and go is still in recovery.

- Christine Seymour, 01-06-16 (Reply)
They might be intense for a 5 year old - more bitter greens in the diet might be a better approach. If you did decide to try it, begin with a very small dose.

- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 01-25-16 (Reply)
Wonderful product; I had my gallbladder surgically removed. The 1st time I used the digestive bitters,I knew I had found the right product. Thank you!

- , Pembroke pines, 04-03-16 (Reply)
Hi John, I'm having a hard time adjusting to the taste of the digestive bitters. Would it be okay for me to put the recommended 1/4 tsp into empty vegetarian capsules and just swallow it that way?Anne Morrison, Ann Arbor MI.

- , 07-05-16 (Reply)
Anne,Part of the medicine is in the taste. If it is unbearable, then taking the capsules will be more helpful than not taking the herbs at all, but you will not get the maximum benefit.

- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 07-06-16 (Reply)
Is it better to take a bitters mix or does an extremely bitter herb like Gentian alone work better for digestion?

- , 06-19-17 (Reply)
It depends on the person. This blend is particularly useful for Vata and Kapha types.

- Kimberly Kubicke, Wall, NJ, 06-20-17 (Reply)
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