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Poor digestion can lead to poor nutrient absorption. This can set one up for any number of deficiencies and associated health issues. Weak digestive function can also lead to bloating and constipation. These are important issues to remedy if you want to regain vibrant health.
Here are some options that many may find to be effective if the issues stem from weak (under-active) digestive function. If food seems to sit without proper internal secretions to break it down effectively and timely, these may be the right herbs. If the problem is due to an excess of secretions and digestive power, leading to feelings of excess acidity or other issues related to overactivity, these herbs may be too activating.
The herbs mentioned have the potential to improve digestion beyond requiring them everyday. You may find that you forget to take them or simply do not need them after a period of time. Then, they can be put aside and used if required again.
Orange Peel - The dried peel of oranges is one of the most effective digestive tract normalizers available. It’s bitter, stimulating qualities help to generate better digestive functions and, in turn, may help to shift the internal landscape from a dark, bleak, damp, environment into a warm, vibrant, buzzing digestive environment capable of maintaining better equilibrium. A low to moderate dose of 3-10 drops (once or more a day) may be enough to create a shift. You can get Orange Peel Tincture here.
Gentian - This highly bitter herb goes right to the gut and stimulates digestive secretion output, helping to improve digestive function over time. It also is said to have a toning effect on the gut/solar plexus, which may be helpful to some if they have a weakness in that area. A tell tale sign for Gentian being a good remedy can be extreme indecision and doubting one’s (or others) instincts, stopping one from following through on helpful endeavors. Small doses of 1-5 drops of tincture may be ideal. You can get Gentian Tincture here.
Wormwood - This herb pairs vast bitterness with aromatic aliveness. Together, it helps to invigorate digestive function and overcoming sluggishness and stagnation. It’s been said that Wormwood can create hunger in someone that previously had little to no appetite. Because of the potential toxicity associated with higher doses of wormwood for prolonged periods of time, when it comes to digestive wellness, very small doses are ideal. Just one single drop of tincture per dose should be enough to feel and gain its digestive effects. Skipping days by alternating with other digestion supporting herbs or taking occasional breaks from using wormwood may also be good ideas. You can get Wormwood Tincture here.
Motherwort - This amazingly calming herb helps to release tension, emotionally and physically. By clearing the digestive tract of excess tension, better digestive ability may follow. Motherwort also has bitter, digestion supporting qualities which can aid in digestive secretion output. Small doses of 1-5 drops may be ideal. You can get Motherwort Tincture here.
Angelica Root - This upward energy plant not only uplifts the mind and spirit but it also has a powerful effect on the digestion. It seems to bring heat into cold areas and disperse tension and stagnation throughout the digestive tract and other areas. It can help to relax the mind, increase good digestive secretions, and remove dampness and stagnation. Small doses of 1-5 drops may be ideal. You can get Angelica Root Tincture here.
Prickly Ash Bark - This invigorating, warming and tingling (invigorates nerves) herb has a strong action on digestion. Brings heat and a sense of aliveness to digestive functions and the circulation throughout it. Small doses of 1-5 drops may be ideal. You can get Prickly Ash Bark Tincture here.
Burdock - The root of this plant has an oily nature alongside sweet and bitter qualities. This gives a clue into its use as a digestive/metabolic tonic for oil related issues. While well known to spur better bile function and support fat digestion that way, some herbalists (especially Matt Wood) insists it goes well beyond that into the entire oil utilization and secretion process of the body, transforming one that couldn't effectively digest and utilize fatty meals into one that could. Going even deeper that that, Burdock has been suggested to help normalize oil secretions on the skin, increasing them if too dry or decreasing if too greasy (may connect to some types of acne). All in all, if digestive woes seem to stem from oil issues, burdock may be your ally. Small doses of 1-10 drops may be enough. You can get Burdock Tincture here.
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