Organic & Wild-Crafted Herbs: Aloe leaf, Wormwood,Senna leaf, Camphor crystals, Rhubarb root, Turmeric root, Wild Yam root, Dandelion root, Elecampane root, Angelica root, Fenugreek seed, Yarrow leaf & flower, Gravel root, Myrrh gum, filtered water & alcohol.
Gypsy Bitters is Carney Bitters older cousin. Years ago when living in the middle of an Amish community I was asked if I could mix up the herbs for Swedish Bitters. The Amish would purchase it in a dry formula and then make their own liquid bitters. I just so happen to have a book with information on the origins of Swedish bitters so hence the birth of Gypsy Bitters. A few herbs got switched & a herb or two got added but the zing is still there! Gypsy bitters is more pungent & has more bowel moving ability than Carney Bitters.
Gypsy & Carney bitters are my two favorite for making into a hot tea. I add 1/2 - 1 tablespoon to a mug of hot water. Very soothing after a meal or as a nightcup before bed. This is the first bitters my children grew up with. When not feeling quite well they would often ask for a hot cup of bitters. Does the belly good!
We also use Gypsy Bitters as a compress for tired eyes or styes in the eyes. It quickly clears the problem, very stimulating.
Reasons: for using Bitter compounds
(*from Christopher Hobbs: Foundations of Health – Healing with Herbs & Foods)
- Poor fat digestion
- Poor protein digestion
- Weakness due to chronic illness, especially when accompanied by viral or bacterial infections
- Loss of zest for life, lowered vital energy
- Painful digestion, intestinal cramps, excessive gas
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Poor appetite
- Anemia, low hematocrit
- Excessive craving for sweets (his own observation)
- Immune-based disorders where nutritional deficiency is present
- Especially effective for digestive weakness due to mental overwork & lack of exercise
Other reasons why some people use Bitter compounds
- Low stomach acid
- Congested liver & gallbladder
- Heart burn & acid reflux
- Low blood sugar – full bitters cleanse
- Intestinal inflammation & Bloating
Ways & Dosages: of taking Bitter Compounds
- Tea made from a single herb or several herbs
- Tincture or Liquid Extract – most preferred way of taking bitters
- Taken only when needed to stop stomach upset, heart burn, slow digestion or acid reflux.
- Small amount before each meal to encourage better digestion
- Small amount after each meal to encourage better digestion
- Daily for a personal health concern
- As a full cleanse; this could be a day, week or even a full month
DISCLAIMER: The information and stories told on this site are provided for educational & entertainment purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. The products and statements on this site have not been evaluated by United States Food and Drug Administration.