- Traditional pick-me-up herbal digestif
- Very helpful to aid digestion after overindulgence in alcohol
- Help to stimulate the appetite
Very helpful to aid digestion after overindulgence in alcohol, rich or spicy food, shellfish and other minor digestive challenges or to support your stringent detox reboot.
Taken as an aperitif before a meal, bitters help to stimulate the appetite, getting saliva and bile flowing to improve digestion.
Highly concentrated, one bottle provides about 20 servings.
About Herbalist.Napiers the Herbalists was founded by Duncan Napier, who despite being abandoned at birth, went on to become an eminent Victorian botanist and the most famous herbalist in Scotland. His legacy lives on.
Within hours of his birth in 1843, Duncan was abandoned by his mother. He was taken in and raised by the local innkeeper and his wife, an alcoholic who beat him severely and used him little better than a slave. Apprenticed to a baker at the age of 9, the flour dust triggered a cough he could not shake off. He left home at the age of 15 and inspired by his mentor John Hope, started to attend Scientific Botany classes and later joined the Edinburgh Botanical Society. Looking for a cure for his cough, he became interested in herbs and created his famed Lobelia Cough Syrup. The result so successful that it inspired him to become a herbalist and open a shop to make herbal remedies available for the people of Edinburgh.
On 25 May 1860 Duncan opened a herbal shop in Bristo Place where people queued for hours to see him to get a herbal cure for their ailments. At the weekends he walked the Scottish hills, collecting plants and herbs for his herbal remedies, sold as far away as New York. He became a well-respected member of the Medical Reformers of England and the British Pharmaceutical Society. His three sons, and then his grandsons joined the business and it became D. Napier and Sons.
The business continued in the Napier family until the sad death of John Napier during the 1970s. Napiers became a health food store for a while and was then bought by Jan De Vries in the 1980s. In 1989, Dee Atkinson started practicing and revived the herbal clinics, taking the practice over in 1990 until 2012. She was joined in 2007 by Monica Wilde who invested in the company. Licensing laws introduced in 2011 resulted in a restructuring and nowadays Napiers is a group of companies and affiliated independent clinics with accredited Napiers practitioners.
Over the last 152 years, Napiers has become one of the UK's leading names in complementary and natural health care. We are dedicated to the best of health and wellbeing through the use of herbal medicine and other natural therapies.
Product Type: Bitter
Main Benefits: Very helpful to aid digestion after overindulgence in alcohol, rich or spicy food, shellfish and other minor digestive challenges.
Taken as an aperitif before a meal, bitters help to stimulate the appetite, getting saliva and bile flowing to improve digestion. (Particularly helpful for those who have lost their appetite such as the elderly or convalescent.)
- Made from extracts of Gentian root, Ginger root, Meadowsweet, Silver Birch, Dandelion, Milk Thistle and Peppermint.
- Water, gentiana lutea (Gentian) root extract, zingiber officinalis (Ginger) root extract, filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) extract, Silver Birch (Betula alba) extract, taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion) root extract, silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) seed extract, mentha piperita (Peppermint) extract. (Extracted with ethanol at 1:3 35%).
- If you wish to avoid alcohol, add a little hot water from the kettle to a cup with a teaspoonful of Best British Bitters and wait for five minutes. The hot water will evaporate off some of the alcohol.
As a digestif:
Take a teaspoonful (5 ml) in a some water, juice or other fluid before indulgence in alcohol and also again on the 'morning after', repeating at half hourly intervals for the next hour if desired. Take several spaced throughout the day to help you get back to normal.
As an aperitif: Take a teaspoonful (5 ml) in a small amount of water (the more bitter the better) half an hour before a meal to perk up the appetite.
Cautions: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and you are unsure if this product is suitable, please speak to us, or your healthcare practitioner, before using this product.
Herbal remedies, foods and food supplements can interact with some medicines. If you are taking medication please check with us, or your healthcare practitioner, before taking supplements and medication together.