About our Organic, Digestive Bitters
Crafted from exceptional blends of certified organic Vermont herbs and roots, complimented by a few worldly exotics, our bitters revive the tradition of dazzling the palate while priming digestion. At Urban Moonshine we believe the root of good health is great digestion!
We have 3 great flavors Original, Citrus, Maple. They all have the same ingredients, the original is the most bitter it has more gentian root, the citrus has some nice citrusy notes and the maple has a touch of organic maple syrup.
What in the world is a Bitter?
The definition of a bitter is something that tastes bitter in flavor: dandelion, gentian, coffee, dark chocolate and greens are classic bitters. Many traditional cultures around the world believe that it is important to have all 5 flavors within the diet and that each flavor has a specific effect on the body. The flavor of bitter is very much associated with the digestive system. As human beings we evolved eating tons and tons of bitters- bitters greens, bitter roots, bitter barks. The majority of food growing in the wild has an element of bitterness to it. Even the ripest wild blackberry is not purely sweet; it also has a little sour, a little bitter to its flavor profile. Early humans rarely consumed sweets-honey was like food of the gods!
Fast forward to modern times, as a culture we consume an immense amount of sweet, salty and processed food and we have a severe lack of bitterness. But our bodies are built for bitter flavors! Bitter engages and excites the digestive system. Bitter challenges the body, alerting it through taste that a complex food is being ingested, more complex than heavily processed food. It is very important for the body to have enough challenge—challenge keeps us strong, on our toes, ready for action! Bitters are like the gym for the digestive system, they help to keep it toned. Our brilliant tongue is like the doorbell to the digestive system and when we taste something bitter it rings that doorbell, “Ding-dong! Time to eat, time to wake up, time to digest!” All the digestive organs get “turned on”—excited. They start to secrete digestive juices in preparation for the incoming food!
In this way bitter flavor is essential to good health. We encourage you to explore the flavor of bitter on a daily basis- whether it’s a bitter green salad before dinner, a fresh spring dandelion green from your front yard, or Urban Moonshine bitters right on your tongue. Cheers to your health and wellbeing!—Jovial King
Now, whether you enjoy them as an apertif, digestif, or as a remedy to settle an upset stomach, calm a hangover or gently cleanse the liver, bitters are back!
All flavors of our Certified Organic Bitters have the same serving size and usage guidelines.
To stimulate healthy digestion, enjoy approximately ¼ teaspoon (1.2 mL) of our bitters before or after meals-- or to curb a sugar craving-- up to 8 times daily if needed! Start small in your dose: everyone's body is different, and many people find that a very small dose can be quite sufficient. If the bitter taste is especially rare in your diet, your digestion will fire up with just a very small amount of the bitters.
If using the refillable, travel-sized spray bottle, we recommend spritzing directly onto the tongue 6 times before or after meals, or as needed to relieve bloating and indigestion.* 6 sprays is equal to ¼ teaspoon. There are about 12.5 servings in a ½ oz. (15mL) spray bottle.
If using the 2oz. dropper bottle, we recommend starting with ½ dropper full directly on the tongue. ½ of a dropper is equal to ¼ teaspoon. There are approximately 49 servings in a 2oz. (59.1mL) dropper bottle.
If using the 8.4oz apothecary bottle, we recommend using it to refill one of the smaller sizes, or measuring ¼ teaspoon (approx. 2 dashes) for use directly on the tongue. There are about 200 servings in an 8.4oz (250mL) bottle.
To create a Bitters aperitif, add ¼ tsp. bitters to ½ tsp. sparkling water. This is great for folks who find the taste too strong and want to dilute a little. Tasting the bitter flavor is key to the digestive benefits, so don’t dilute too much!
Contraindications: Urban Moonshine Organic Bitters are not for:
- -pregnant women, we use angelica which is specifically contraindicated in pregnancy.*
- -stomach ulcers could be irritated*
Digestive Bitters Ingredients:
Organic Alcohol, Pure Water, Org. Dandelion Root and Leaf, Org. Burdock Root, Org. Orange Peel, Org. Fennel Seed, Org. Yellow Dock Root, Org. Angelica Root, Org. Gentian Root, Org. Ginger Root, Org. Maple Syrup in Maple Bitters only, Org. Essential Oil Blend, Org. Gum Arabic
FAQ about Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters:
Q. Is there gluten in your products?
A. Urban Moonshine Bitters and Tonics are made with 100% Certified Organic Cane Alcohol, which is naturally a gluten-free alternative to commonly used grain alcohol. We use it for its quality, taste, and extraction excellence! We're delighted to use no Genetically Modified Organisms in our products, no GMOs!
Q. Do bitters really work as a digestive aid?
A. Yes! Bitters stimulate an innate bodily response. They stimulate the digestive system to product digestive enzymes, secrete bile, and blance HCl levels in the stomach.
Q. Can I use the bitters while breastfeeding?
A. No. The gentian is not recommended during lactation.
Q. What is the difference between the 3 flavors of digestive bitters?
A. They all have the same basic formula with different natural flavors added. The maple flavor has a touch of organic maple syrup, the original flavor has spicier & the most bitter flavor, and the citrus flavor has more organic citrus essential oils.
Q. What is the shelf life of the bitters?
A. Every bottle should have an expiration date on it. If you can't find it, please call and we can look it up by the lot # on the bottle. The shelf life is 2 years after bottling.
Q. Why is there alcohol in the bitters? Do you make any alcohol-free products?
A. We feel that alcohol is the best way to extract and preserve the chemical constituents of the herbs we love. We use organic, gluten free alcohol. This is a traditional method of making tinctures, and it gives our products the best taste. We do not make any alcohol-free products. The serving size of alcohol is very low when you consider the dose of the product and the %alcohol.
*The statements on this page have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.