How To Take Digestive Bitters By Aisling Badger, September 13, 2017

How to use bitters:

We conveniently offer 3 different sizes of bitters, making it easy to take them with you everyday.

No refrigeration is required, and we make two TSA-approved sizes.

Spray it: 6 sprays will do the trick

Drop it: 1 full dropper / 2 half droppers.

Dash it: 4-5 dashes is the right amount!

Set yourself up for success. Here are a few pro suggestions
for creating healthy habits with digestive bitters:

1. Keep a digestive bitter spray in your purse at all times—that way if you are eating out,
you always have a remedy for an upset tummy, gas and bloating or occasional heartburn.

2. Keep a bottle of bitters near the stove—that way when you fire up to cook each day,
you are reminded to take your bitters before meals.

3. Keep bitters in your beauty bag—remember that beauty starts from the inside and
healthy glowing skin is a result of a properly functioning digestive system and thriving microbiome.

4. Keep bitters in your car glove compartment—great for road trips and morning commutes.

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Moonshine Popsicles: Frozen Digestif Treats By Aisling Badger, August 4, 2017

What if you could soothe your sweet tooth with a popsicle treat that improved your gut, curbed your sugar cravings and gave you relief from any other digestive upset?

Incorporating the bitter flavor into your daily diet supports normal secretion of digestive enzymes and bile, both of which are essential to proper digestive functioning. Not only do bitters provide immediate relief from the irritation of occasional indigestion gas, bloating and heartburn, but they support our digestive system health over the long term.

Because it’s summer and we are hit with a wave of ice cream treats and frozen drinks, we have some inspiration for how to keep it cool, fresh and healthy during the dog days of summer.

These bitter pops have been a favorite and are quite enjoyable as after dinner treats.

The digestive and carminative herbs paired with doses of our herbal bitters make for a delicious digestif that is loved by the whole family. Finding ways to get creative with taking herbs, not only improves your experience with using them in everyday life but provides creative activity, which we could all use a little more of! So unplug, get into the garden and whip up some of these easy digestive popsicles to enjoy throughout the rest of the summer.

Recipes:

Healthy Herbal Popsicles Recipe Bitters

Lemon Drop Bitter Pops

A refreshing lemony herbal popsicle

makes 5 pops

  • 1/2 oz Lemon Verbena leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Juice of 2 lemons.

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Solutions: Four Herbs To Calm Your Nervous Stomach By Aisling Badger, June 2, 2017

We all know the feeling; we get a little queasy, or bloated, there’s a tight knot in the pit of our belly, or those nervous butterflies. Sometimes, our body is rejecting whatever we just ate, or the balance of our gut bacteria is off, or we just have a queasy stomach to begin with. Other times, nervousness and the body’s stress response can show up as symptoms in our gut.

When it comes down to it, everything in our body is interconnected, and research has shown that the brain and the gastrointestinal system are directly linked in more ways than one.

When you experience psychological responses, such as a stress response, it can influence the basic function of the digestive system and lead to abdominal discomfort. Our gut is like a second brain that produces its own set of chemical messengers in the digestive process, and when digestion is disrupted, it sets off alarms to the nervous system that exacerbate the symptoms of our stress or “fight or flight” response. If you are busy and run down, it is important to recognize this unique relationship between the gut and our brain as it can offer insight and guidance to your overall health and well-being.

Whether for a nervous butterfly stomach, an upset tummy or gas and bloating, the following herbs can be helpful for a number of reasons.

 

nervous stomach chamomile herb bitters solution

1. Chamomile 

Many people know chamomile for its calmative power and the gentle support it offers the nervous system. What not everyone knows is that this familiar flower embodies very similar qualities when it comes to […]

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Feed Your Microbiome! By Aisling Badger, April 19, 2017

microbiome dandelion root

If you ask an herbalist, they will be sure to tell you that what you put into your body matters, and that digestion is the root of great health. Research suggests that there are over 100 trillion living bacteria organisms, making up a whole ecosystem within our body called the microbiome. We are in some sense more microbiome than we are human, which is to say, we have a greater number of microbes living inside us than we have human genes. Only recently have researchers turned their attention to the intricate microbial relationships at play in our bodies and how our microbiomes affect our moods, skin, and overall health.

A healthy gut has always been one of traditional medicine’s top priorities and is the foundation for great digestion, glowing skin, and a strong, healthy immune system.

Today, having digestive upset or an unbalanced gut is considered almost normal, and is often overlooked. A lack of education within our food system and lack of access to nutritional advice leads to years of diets containing processed foods and loads of sugar; there is also the over-prescription of antibiotics (which kill harmful bacteria, but also the good) to contend with. These recurring situations leave us with all sorts of imbalances in our bodies and show up in ways other than just digestive upset.

microbiome bitter greens harvested

Science is also beginning to study the unique relationship that our gut has with neurotransmitters—the chemical messages in the brain like GABA, serotonin, or dopamine—that can influence anxiety and depression.

Feeding and supporting the gut and its bacteria is age-old knowledge that now has the backing of science, and should be at the forefront of our […]

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