Heartwood Botanical Digest Tincture in dark bottle, fennel sprig on the left, wedges of orange on the left, on a wooden tabletop, mortar and pestle

From Jenny McCartney, Medical Herbalist, formula of the Month: Digest

If you’ve perused the front shelves of the Heart & Hand’s lobby and been curious about some of the tinctures being sold, then you’ll know that it can be hard to choose!  This month I want to give some words of description to one of my simplest and most dependable tinctures: The digestive elixir!  

When you begin to learn about herbs for digestive health, you’ll be quick to notice that the list of digestive herbs looks a lot like your spice cabinet and your standard herbal teas (ex. chamomile and peppermint).  Digestive issues are some of the most common ailments, and the herbs used to treat these ailments are some of the most well known herbs that many of us already have a relationship with. Virtually any spice in your cupboard has a digestion promoting quality to it, which is pretty neat.  This particular digestive formula is made up of Fenugreek, Cardamom, Fennel and Citrus. 

Most of the herbs in our spice cabinets, such as: turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, fenugreek, cardamom, fennel, thyme, and oregano, support our digestive system to be warm, moving and dryish.  This means that formulas like my own are great for common indigestion that is characterized by bloating, gas, heaviness, bogginess and lack of appetite.  There are, however, as many types of digestive ailments as there are people; some require moist demulcent herbs like marshmallow, or cool, bitter herbs; so do remember that one size does not fit all.  For this reason, it can be a good idea to consult with you herbalist.

Jenny McCartney, Medical Herbalist, www.heartwoodbotanicalmedicine.com


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