Herbal Bitters are dietary supplements that aim to improve digestion and the liver function, but may also be used as an ingredient in cocktails. The company behind the formula is Urban Moonshine.
Urban Moonshine is a young company from Vermont, US having been founded in 2009. Consequently it may not be well known on the bitters market. They specialize in the production of organic bitters and tonics, which are based on their own herbal formulations. However, the product range offered is pretty narrow. The company also offers herbal education lectures.
The manufacturer advertises Herbal Bitters as containing a mix of organically grown herbs which can help digestion or which can be used in making classic cocktails. They contain only grape alcohol, which is free of gluten. Moreover, the formula developed by Urban Moonshine does not have the laxative effect that classic bitters used to.
Herbal Bitters are supposed to help people suffering from stomach upset like bloating, constipation, gassiness, or those with liver problems. They may also be used regularly in order to maintain a healthy liver and digestion. Pregnant women as well as individuals suffering from stomach ulcer should not use Herbal Bitters, according to the product’s directions of use.
Herbal Bitters Ingredients
Herbal Bitters include the following ingredients: Organic Gentian Root, Organic Dandelion Root and Leaf, Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Angelica Root, Organic Burdock Root, Organic Yellow Dock Root, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Gum Arabic, Organic Essential Oils, Organic Maple Syrup (in Maple Bitters), Organic Grape Alcohol, and Pure Spring Water.
Herbal Bitters from Urban Moonshine are dietary supplements that contain a mix of bitter and aromatic herbs. One of the formulation’s main ingredients is gentian root, a traditional herb in bitters due to its intense taste and effectiveness in digestive problems. Gentian root has been used for a long time in treating diarrhea, mild heartburn and vomiting. Due to its bitter taste, it stimulates the production of saliva, bile, and stomach secretions, thus improving digestion. Gentian also encourages the absorption of iron so it is also a remedy against anemia. Test tube studies have shown the herb possesses antifungal and anti-inflammation properties. Potential side effects include vomiting, headaches and nausea.
The formula for Herbal Bitters comprises a mix of herbs whose effectiveness has not been researched by scientists. However, several plants that have traditionally been used in preparing bitters, like gentian and angelica.
The product comes in spray bottles, dropper bottles, and refill bottles of ½ oz, 2 ozm and 8.4 oz respectively. For spray bottles, the manufacturer recommends spritzing 1-2 times directly onto the tongue. A partial dropper is advised when the product is taken for the first time; the dose can be increased if necessary. The bitters should be taken either before or after meals in order to improve digestion or to stop a sugar craving. They may also serve as a cocktail flavoring.
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- They are available in several online stores and directly on the manufacturer’s website
- Shipping charges are affordable
- It is an organic formulation based on natural ingredients
- It does not contain gluten
- The price range of $4.5-$15.5 per ounce (depending on the bottle size) recommends Herbal Bitters as relatively expensive products
- The manufacturer is quite new on the market (since 2009)
- There are not many online customer testimonials
In our view, Herbal Bitters may not be a household name as it is marketed for less than five years by a manufacturer which does not have a long established reputation. The fact that the product is not well known may be backed up by the relatively limited number of online customer reviews. Nonetheless, the ingredient list contains herbs which are known for helping in digestion problems and improving the liver function, therefore the formula may be effective. In our view, it would be safer to ask for professional advice if you suffer from a certain illness so as to avoid adverse effects.