bitter tonic

bit·ter ton·ic

a tonic of bitter taste (for example, quinine, gentian, quassia) acts chiefly by stimulating the appetite and improving digestion.
See also: bitters.
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Acidocarpus, Euryops and Teucrium are utilized for their analgesic activity, and the plant Teucrium is a good bitter tonic. Datura seeds, Boswellia, cinnamon, and garlic are utilized for respiratory tract infections.
4. "There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall." 6 Colette
The bark is a bitter tonic and a stimulant.It arrests secretions and bleeding besides counter-acting any spasmodic disorders.
Agrimony - a bitter tonic with a beneficial effect on kidneys.
He was quickly named surgeon-general at the military hospital in the town of Angostura, and in that capacity, he began to experiment with all available plants and herbs, eventually creating a bitter tonic that brought relief to the fevered and ailing soldiers in his care.
He notes that "Here is where the government advisers dealt out the successful blow--and it would appear premeditated--the great blow for slowly taking away human life, getting rid of the population and nothing else." Dorian's words, penned in 1890, reflect the heady mix of nationalism and memory that was brewing in the years surrounding the Land War--a sometimes bitter tonic that often looked back to the Famine.
Dandelion root is another liver herb that encourages the flow of bile and Oregon grape root is a bitter tonic herb for the liver.
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CHANGE is good but if you ask Scottish football fans, it's one of the most bitter tonics of all.