Make this dandelion burdock bitters recipe using foraged herbs and the bright flavors of cacao and sweet orange to create a bitter drink mixer or herbal remedy that supports good digestion and helps with stomach aches, heartburn, and gas.
Dandelion roots and Burdock roots support the liver and are detoxifying. They are both mildly bitter and can help with indigestion, the digestion of fats and proteins, and supporting detoxification, improving skin issues like eczema, and increasing overall health.
This dandelion burdock bitters recipe uses the mild bitterness of both dandelion and burdock roots, along with the pleasant flavors of sweet orange and cacao for a bitter aperitif that is at home in the bar, as well as the home apothecary.
Why you need bitter flavor
Bitters need to be tasted to aid in digestion. When the tongue tastes a bitter flavor a cascade of digestive actions begins. The stomach secretes more digestive juices in readiness for food, the stress reaction is calmed down as the body shifts gears to prepare for digestion. The liver and gall bladder secrete bile to digest the fats and proteins that are coming through shortly.
As food is thoroughly digested stomach pain, indigestion and flatulence are relieved. The body is functioning optimally as food is converted to energy, and the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are moved through the body to bring health. It all began with a little bitter taste.
Bitter tastes, it turns out, are much harder to come by today, than they were just 200 years ago. The natural bitterness in foods like lettuce, kale, and parsnips has been bred out of the plants in favor of more bland and sweet flavors. The result is a population that suffers from stomach and bowel ailments, almost universally.
Where to find dandelion and burdock
The ingredients for this dandelion burdock bitters recipe may be found in your own back yard or the wild places near your home. Always make an identification using at least 3 independent sources before harvesting plants in the wild that are unfamiliar to you. The roots of both these plants are mildly bitter with spring roots being less bitter than fall roots. With burdock, use the fall roots for first-year plants, as these have the most potent energy.
You can also purchase dandelion roots and burdock roots from online suppliers. Cacao nibs and oranges may be found at the grocery store or online.Print
Use this dandelion burdock bitters tincture 20 minutes before a meal to improve digestion and well being. Use a few dashes in a cocktail to add more complex flavor.
- 1 cup dandelion roots, dried or 1 1/2 cups fresh dandelion roots, cleaned and chopped
- 1 cup burdock roots, dried or 1 1/2 cups fresh burdock roots, cleaned and chopped
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs, raw
- 2 tablespoons orange zest
- 3 cups brandy
- Place dandelion roots, burdock roots, cacao nibs, and orange zest in a 1 quart Mason jar. Cover with brandy. Cap tightly.
- Shake the jar to evenly distribute the brandy among the herbs. Add more brandy if needed to completely cover the herbs in the jar. Set the jar aside in a cool, dark place.
- Shake the jar once a day or as often as you think of it. After 21 days stain the jar, discarding the herbs and reserving the liquid.
- Bottle the bitters tincture in amber glass bottles with dropper lids.
- Add 10 to 15 drops to a cocktail. Place 10 drops on the tongue about 20 minutes before a meal. Use when you have indigestion, stomach pain, or nausea.
If you are on prescription medication, gall bladder or liver disease, or if you are pregnant talk to your health care professional before using bitters to aid digestion.
- Serving Size: 10 - 25 drops
Keywords: Bitters, tincture, herbal medicine, herbal remedies, cocktail bittes
Health Benefits of dandelion root and burdock root
Dandelion root and Burdock root are often paired in herbal remedies. They are both detoxifying. Both support liver health. They are both mildly bitter. They both grow in the same areas and are likely to be found growing near each other. Both are harvested in the fall, after the first mild frost.
According to Colleen Codekas, author of Healing Herbal Infusions, Simple and Effective Home Remedies for Colds, Muscle Pain, Upset Stomach, Stress, Skin Issues, and More (Page Street, 2018) Burdock root is anti-fungal, antibacterial, and strengthens and supports the liver. Dandelion root is a powerful liver detoxifier, blood purifier, and diuretic. Both burdock and dandelion are rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that support the body’s own healing powers.
More about Healing Herbal Infusions
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Healing Herbal Infusions from Page Street Publishing for review. This represents my honest opinion of this book.