All of Herba Flora’s current formulas – Original Bitters, Gentle Bitters, Warming, and Calming – share a common base of mucilaginous herbs. These organic plant ingredients contribute beneficial attributes to our lozenges and have been chosen for their desirable action on the digestive system. We never use fillers or binders.
Our base consists of three medicinal botanicals – marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, and acacia. All create a slippery mucilage when in contact with moisture. In fact, they are better suited to water based formulas such as Herba Flora rather than alcohol extractions. Because we don’t fully digest these starches they make their way through the entire digestive system, soothing and nourishing tissues along the way. They lubricate the digestive tract, coat and protect tissues, and reduce inflammation. Marshmallow and slippery elm can even be made into a porridge.
It is important to note that mucilaginous herbs are not appropriate for those following GAPS or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet – but stay tuned! We have a new formula in the works especially created to be compatible with both protocols.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Always consult a healthcare professional if you have questions about any medication you are taking or if you are considering taking herbs.