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Herbal bitters are made from infusing bitter tasting herbs to create an elixir that helps with digestion and cleansing the colon. They are treated as medicines sometimes but they can also be taken as an aperitif before or after meals or added to cocktails to increase its flavor. The combination of various herbs makes bitters good for detoxing the colon, help with bloating, constipation, digestive disorders, headaches and skin problems amongst many other complaints.
Taking herbal bitters on a regular basis promotes good physical health and mental alertness. Naturally as the name suggest, bitters are incredibly bitter tasting most often, although there are some made to taste not so bad but generally the bitter they are the more effective they are also.
herbs for making herbal bitters

Good strong herbal bitters work on the premise of inducing a laxative effect where the colon gets irrigated similarly to receiving a colon hydrotherapy. The frequent passing of stool enables the clearing out of toxins from the body and skin, it is also a better remedy for chronic constipation and good for purifying acne type skin like myself. A dosage usually runs over just 7 days as good bitters take effect immediately sending you to the bathroom between 8 and 10 times in a 24 hour span. Atwood’s which I mentioned above also has a popular reputation amongst Ghanaians for helping with fertility and conception. It apparently has helped many several women to conceive.


Author: InnerCirclePost Blog

Serves: 10 x ten tablespoonful
Recipe Type: Drinks
 1 tsp Khaya senegalensis – African mahogany
1 tsp Aframomum melegueta – grains of paradise
1 tsp Xylopia aethiopica – Ethiopian-pepper
1 tsp Aloe vera dried powder
1 tsp Ginger dried  powder
100ml Pure alcohol (vodka/ grain alcohol) 

To make:

1. Put all your herbs in a glass jar or glass bottle
2. Pour your alcohol over the herbs inside the jar, cover
3. Sit in a sunny area for 3 weeks
4. Shake bottle or jar a few times a day to help with infusion
5. After 3 weeks sieve the infusion using a muslin cloth
6. Sieve a 2nd or 3rd time if there are still particles before bottling
7. Keep in a dark cool place till its ready to be served.

The bitter taste causes a reflex action inside the stomach and pancreas which stimulates production of digestive juices which results in the cleansing the liver too from the release of bile.  It best to take your herbal bitter about 10 to 15 minutes before eating so that the digestive system gets a good kick start for processing the food you eat.