Appetite, lack of
Lack of appetite can be the result of an illness or poor liver function. Bitter herbs restore appetite and improve the general digestion. These herbs must be taken about 15-30 minutes before eating, and the bitter taste needs to be ‘tasted’, which means slow sipping rather than quick gulping. Many herbs have a bitter taste and the degree of bitterness often depends on how long a herb is steeped for when making a tisane.
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For the purpose of stimulating appetite, tinctures work as well as teas provided that they taste bitter. If an illness is causing the appetite problem, try to treat that in the first place. If you are suffering from liver or gall-bladder disease, consult a herbalist before taking bitter herbs.
• Drink chamomile or vervain tea (for precautions see post 47). Adults: 1-2 cups a day, before meals.
• Take dandelion root tincture, diluted in half a cup of room-temperature water, and sip slowly before meals (for precautions see post 51). Adults: 3-5ml diluted with some water, 3 times a day, tincture strength 1:5.
• Drink dandelion root infusion (for precautions see post 51). Adults: 1-2 cups a day.
• Take barberry in a tincture form, diluted in half a cup of room-temperature water, and sip slowly before meals (for precautions see post 51). Adults: 2-4ml diluted with some water, 3 times a day, tincture strength 1:10.
• Add some warming herbs such as ginger or cinnamon powder to the bitter tea/ tincture; put a pinch of either of the powders in the cup before brewing.
Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see
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