Bitter Betch - What Sets Our Bitters Apart From The Rest

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By now I am sure you have all heard about bitters. They are trending in every upscale bar (to add to cocktails) as well as every health store to help with digestion.

But what are they used for and what makes ours so special.

Bitters can be used for digestion and depending on the herbs or roots used you will get a variety of helpful functions. If you looked at our ingredients list you might notice something a little different… the one major detail that sets us apart.

Terpenes… The first of it’s kind on the market. 

Why add terpenes? Because they work WITH the herbs as a type of GPS system to help them work better as well as jacking them up to perform in ways that the herbs alone might not be able too. They are incredibly potent so a little goes a long way.

Back to the ingredients breakdown (I will get to the terps in a sec). With herbal remedies you want to have that main focus herb; it’s the key to the formulation, then we add the supportive herbs. Think of them like supportive actors in the show. 

Artichoke: 

Also known as Cynara Scolymus. This herb contains cynarin, which has been proven to have liver protecting properties. It also contains silymarin (the active constituent of milk thistle) - used for a sluggish liver and poor digestion. Also considered a cholagogue

CAUTION anyone with known allergies or hypersensitivity to members of the Asteraceae family should use caution.

Star Anise:

Also known as Pimpinella anisum. Great for remedying gas, and helping with indigestion. We call this a supportive herb. Anise is considered a traditional abortifacient. There are no reports of this harming during pregnancy in a food dose however for tinctures you want to consult with a trained herbalist prior to use. Did you know we happen to have one of those right here in house. She is the co-founder!

Hibiscus:

Also known as Hibiscus sabdariffa (or other species). Supportive of our cardiovascular system, great for high blood pressure and of course anti-inflammatory. With digestive issues we want to calm that inflammation as much as possible. It also contains cyanidin, bitter saponins and tannins. Great for regulating the bowels (constipation) as it is has diuretic properties. 

CAUTION if you are someone who suffers kidney failure or severe gastritis you should use with caution

Hawthorne Berry:

Also known as Crataegus oxyacantha, C.monaogyna. When used on a regular basis this herb is extremely beneficial for the heart and heart muscles. It helps reduce stress (we can all get a little stressed now and then and stress destroys digestion). Beneficial for digestion as a whole. 

 

Citrus Peel:

Also known as Citrus sinensis. Another key herb in this tincture. This not only stimulates appetite it also aids in digestion. It is carminative and bitter which our digestion loves. A true digestive tonic herb.

CAUTION if pregnant, or if fluid loss or excessive thirst are symptoms you are suffering. Seek out the advice of a trained herbalist if you have any questions regarding any herbal remedy

Fennel:

Also known as Foeniculum vulgare. This carminative herb herbs with the uncomfortable symptoms of indigestion as well as diarrhea. Use caution during pregnancy however great for lactation once that bundle is born.

 

Now that you know what is in it and why, let’s talk terpenes.

Due to being proprietary in nature I wont go into the specifics of each terpene involved in our formulations, I will give a breakdown of a couple and the benefits of them.

Limonene, Caryophylene, Pinene, Myrcene and Terpineol are a few of the terps used in this profile. We have added them due to their gastrointestinal tract protection, pain reducing aspect (when we lower inflammation we lower pain), analgesic (relief for IBS/IBD) and of course indigestion/reflux. We also threw in a few protective terps to help prevent and protect against stomach ulcers and the gastro protectant aspect as well.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, we happen to like questions!