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Homemade digestive bitters in a mason jar.

How to Make Digestive Bitters

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  • Author: Ally Milligan
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 2-4 Weeks
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes Hands-On
  • Yield: About 1 Cup 1x


How to make digestive bitters! A DIY recipe to make digestive bitters to improve digestion naturally and relieve bloating, gas, indigestion. and heartburn.


  • 2 tablespoons dried angelica root
  • 2 tablespoons dried gentian root
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried dandelion root
  • 1 tablespoon dried ginger root
  • the peel of half an organic lemon
  • the peel of one-fourth an organic orange
  • 12 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • about 8 oz organic vodka


  1. Add the angelica, gentian, dandelion, ginger, lemon and orange peels, and rosemary sprigs to a clean 12 oz mason jar.
  2. Add the vodka and fill it to the top of the jar, leaving a little airspace so you can shake the mixture without it being too full.
  3. Secure the lid and shake the jar (see notes).
  4. Store in a dark, cool place for 2-4 weeks, shaking 1-2 minutes every day to break down the plants’ cell walls and draw out all the active medicinal properties.
  5. After 2-4 weeks, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag and squeeze the excess liquid from the herbs. Pour into amber glass dropper bottles and store in a cool, dark place.
  6. Enjoy! Take one dropperful (about 1/4 teaspoon) 10-15 minutes before meals. 


If the jar leaks, I swear by these leakproof lids (for a wide mouth jar, use these instead). You can also use wax paper with the metal mason jar lid to prevent it from leaking; simply remove the lid and place a square piece of wax paper over the mouth of the jar before twisting the lid back on.

These bitters should not be used during pregnancy. Instead, try these.