Digestive Bitters: 3 Necessary Herbs for Holiday Feasts

Of course, I recommend that you do NOT engage in large holiday feasts especially those with lots of meat, dairy, and heavy starches.


If you have a grandma like I did when I was growing up who made everything from scratch, then I know how hard it is to say no.  Here are a few herbs that you can take to help you digest before and/or after you eat. Just please don't over do it!

Dandelion leaf



This so-called "weed" has many medicinal properties that are hard to ignore.  The leaves are best for bitter principles that aid in fat digestion and increase in pepsin (protein digestion) and bile (fat breakdown) production in the stomach and liver, respectively.


Gentian root


When taken before a meal, gentian increases digestion by stimulating bile production (preparing for fat digestion) and saliva secretion (preparing for carbohydrate digestion). Unlike many herbs, it can aid in protein digestion too!
Artichoke leaf


The leaves of the artichoke are used as digestive bitters, but especially for cases where indigestion occurs after you've overindulged on heavy (and hard to digest) foods.


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Jennifer Hutchison Taylor is a herbal therapist, physiologist, author, doula, and reiki practitioner who helps women rediscover their feminine beauty and find the complete path to healing. As the founder of Beauty in Bloom, her mission is to promote generational wellness by providing natural, sustainable, and holistic health solutions for women. Beauty in Bloom exists to create a world where women are happy, healthy, and are taken back to their roots for healing. While herbs are the main tools that she uses, she combines this modality with superfood nutrition, spiritual guidance, and her rich biological sciences background to teach a powerful and revolutionary approach to holistic health.

  • Mika

    Good stuff here. (The link to the digestive formula is yielding a dead link.) I juice dandelion greens with some other stuff when I'm feeling "sluggish".