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Brittany Maria Curcio produces premium, small-batch digestives, and healing remedies from her forest workshop in rural Oregon. Her Bitter North digestive tincture is just what you need in your medicine cabinet to assist with digestion and relieve acid reflux, and other gastrointestinal ailments.  The quality of her formulations is centered on her commitment to wildcrafted sourcing and her knowledge of herbs, and remedies for digestive health. 

 Ingredients:

PNW Wildcrafted Ingredients: Oregon Grape Root, Blue Spruce tips, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Organic Lemon Peel, Cinnamon Bark, Cloves & Fennel Seed infused in organic, non-gmo GF cane alcohol & PNW mountain spring water.

🌿 Cascade Oregon Grape Root ~ a Native plant to this region, known as one of the most incredible wild bitters. The root of Oregon grape is neon yellow, indicating the high levels of berberine ~ an alkaloid with antibiotic and antifungal properties that have been shown to help improve irritation in the bowels, and urinary tract and help ease various gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, bloating and heartburn & diarrhea. Oregon Grape is also known for being an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial & and incredible immune supporting herb. She’s been demonstrated to help lower blood sugar & cholesterol.

🌿 Rosemary ~ digestive warming stimulating nervine that is known as a powerful carminative. Her bitter qualities are known to help soothe heartburn & ease intestinal bloating and gas. She’s wonderfully anti-inflammatory, which is a common cause of many stomach issues. Rosemary is even proven to help memory, is pain-relieving & helps boost the immune system. 

🌿 Fennel Seed ~ A nourishing, warming nervine that is also a digestive stimulant. Research supports the use of fennel for folks who struggle with gastrointestinal upsets such as irritation and inflammation, as she helps increase gastric secretions. As a carminative, her high polyphenol content supports her ability to help reduce abdominal pain and bloating. 

🌿 Lemon Balm ~ The scent of this ally is so uplifting and refreshing. As a mint, she is an incredible nervine that helps to relax the nervous system and lower stress levels. Her antispasmodic properties help alleviate stressful & painful seasonal allergy symptoms. She helps support our immune systems' natural ability to combat fevers & v*ral infections. Her bitter flavor helps stimulate gastric juices while helping put the body at ease. She is an antispasmodic, slightly sedative & analgesic carminative known to help with various GI upsets. Many studies confirmed the antioxidative effects of Lemon Balm, with her effect in helping prevent and treat oxidative stress-related concerns. She is also antibacterial, which may help with various intestinal irritations.

🌿 Clove & Cinnamon ~ Both of these warming carminatives are known for their ability to help ease the nervous system & relax the gastrointestinal tract, which helps provide relief to many different digestive troubles. They help with blood circulation and are known as antispasmodics, helping to relieve gas, bloating & abdominal pain. Cloves are also known to help improve saliva production, which helps stimulate the Vagus nerve, aiding in healthy digestion. Cinnamon is a mucilaginous, all favorite carminative, known for her ability to help decrease in the secretion of gastric acid and pepsin from the stomach walls & small intestines, helping protect the integrity of the gut. Both of these spices are known to be incredibly soothing & nourishing for a variety of stomach upsets.

🌿 Blue Spruce Tips ~ Harvested from big beautiful Blue Spruces in the forest during Spring's Full Moon. The new spring tips of Blue Spruce are known as a fantastic bitter, incredibly high in Vitamin C, carotenoids & various minerals that help improve GI function. She can help improve memory, stimulate the gut-brain function, and is anti-inflammatory helping ease various digestion upsets.

*As always, no essential oils, no preservatives, no additives, no fragrances.

 Why Digestive Bitters are Vital:

Bitters are the missing taste in the modern world, as mainstream/processed foods severely lack bitter flavors, which is thought to lead to many GI upsets and a variety of health concerns. Since bitters aren’t used in Western foods and are so crucial for health, it’s important that we make sure we are getting bitters into our diets. Bloating, gas, heartburn, and feeling uncomfortable after eating is an indicator that your body is having a hard time digesting food. One fantastic way of helping your digestion is by utilizing an herbal digestive bitters tincture on a daily basis. (Also wonderful for times of overindulgence!) Digestive bitters can help improve the proper function of the endocrine, immune, GI, and nervous systems, which trickles down to supporting the whole body’s wellness. 

There is a lot of research that’s studied the intricate connection between gut-brain health. Did you know 90% of the serotonin in the body lives in the gut? The mental state of folks who suffer from gastrointestinal issues is often significantly impacted, resulting in further inflammation. Bitters are both stimulating & relaxing, the flavor helps activate the Vagus nerve which can help brain fog & memory, calms the nervous systems, and stimulates salivary glands & the secretion of gastric juices. This prepares our bodies to better accept and digest the food we are about to eat.

Bitters aid the absorption of essential vitamins & eliminate bloating, cramps, gas & indigestion. They also help with constipation and slow/sluggish digestion. We live in a toxic world and bitters are there to help the liver eliminate toxins from foods, while also helping the skin rid of toxins. Chinese Medicine believes bitters stimulate the Heart system, providing a deep sense of ease, as they allow our bodies to rest and restore, sinking into the parasympathetic. Bitters can help us nourish the neurochemicals that allow us to thrive & live as vitally as possible.

Digestive upsets are often a manifestation of emotional and psycho-physical experiences of body & mind. Bitters are known to also greatly help lower the hormone load, particularly estrogen dominance, which can help with reproductive issues that are a result of hormonal imbalances. 

If you’ve ever gotten butterflies or nausea over feeling anxious or scared, or felt how the simple thought of food can make your stomach growl, you may have realized how linked the gut and brain must be. A state of mind can directly influence how the body is going to accept and digest food, they both deeply influence each other. Nourishing the gut-brain connection is extremely important for the micro-biome & overall health.  

The taste of bitters on the tongue is known to help reduce blood sugar-glucose levels which is thought to help reduce sugar cravings. The bitter flavor is thought of as an exercise for the GI system, detoxification pathways, metabolism, and microbiome. Bitters, especially utilizing nervine-bitters, help smooth muscle tension within the respiratory, reproductive, and GI tract & relaxes the brain.

Bitters help cleanse the system, which can also improve skin health. They are also historically known to be paired with various alcoholic beverages too!

Size:  2 oz