Do you have a tendency of reaching for that glass of wine? Or reaching for the ice cream or indulging in your favorite food?  

As humans we will get angry and frustrated but it is all about how we cope!

How do you cope with these emotions?

Yoga, mediation, exercise, journaling, music and diet are perfect ways to assist with coping…however, herbals and essential oils are perfect for helping us cope with these emotions as well!  As an Herbalist and Aromatherapist I encourage you to add all the above when trying to cope with everyday life which sometimes leads to anger and frustration.

Oriental medicine considers anger to be the ROOT emotion of the liver causing a myriad of feelings, symptoms and illness ultimately leading to disease.  When we feel angered or frustrated to the point of needing to release…turn to the therapeutic and spiritual actions of essential oils and herbs.  Some illnesses associated with anger and frustration can be in the form of digestive problems!  Have you ever been so upset that you got a stomach ache or so scared you got butterflies in your stomach?  If we let these feeling persist they could turn into disease such as ulcers, indigestion, acid reflux, gallbladder issues, liver problems, depression and hormone imbalances. Traditional medicine considers the digestive system to be the ultimate measure of health and vitality.


  • Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • For frustration- choose peppermint

You can add a combo of a few drops each in a electric diffuser or create a beautiful spray…or create an anointing oil using a combo of essential oils of either lavender, orange and bergamot with apricot, almond or olive oil.


Using herbs as a way to balance anger…you get to the “ROOT” cause of the anger by cleansing the liver.  DANDELION ROOT is a perfect herb to use for the liver as a tonic.

Several you of may know one of my favorite herbs is Dandelion Root…yup, you heard that right…the nuisance weed in your yard is one of my favorite herbs.  If you observe closely and watch the little bunnies munch that weed up… it is for good reason. Many benefits are in that wonder herb such as:

~Great for the Liver and gallbladder…can be considered a liver tonic
~Wonderful blood purifier and detoxifies
~Assist in digestive isses
~Lowers cholesterol
~Many nutrients such as vitamin A, C, D and B complex, minerals, and calcium

The detox tea I make contains dandelion root…such as tasty tea…unlike other teas that contain dandelion root…this one is so delicious and a favorite among all my customers.


Bitters are known to stimulate the activity of the digestive organs and great at increasing the metabolism of fats and proteins.  In addition, bitters strengthen the mucosa which is very important for many bodily functions.  An imbalance in digestive function can lead to the inability to adequately absorb nutrients, gut inflammation leading to food intolerance and allergies.  I am a big proponent of reducing as much inflammation in the body as possible and bitters can assist with that.  Bitters, of course are associated with the liver as the bitter taste is known to stimulate and cool the liver and gallbladder (Rose, 2015). Bitters is great at cooling anger (I guess that is where that term  “COOL IT!” came from). Not only does bitters assist in digestive function but pancreas is also affected as it assist in the regulation of pancreatic hormones……such as blood sugar and insulin.  Bitters can help with with alleviating irritability, bloatedness, moodiness, and digestive upset associate with PMS.  I can be here all day explaining the benefits of bitters! In sum, bitters assist in the movement of energy in the the body.


Well, it is combination of herbs to fit your needs as all herbs have different purposes.  Here are a few that could be combined to create bitters.

  • Dandelion (liver Relaxing)
  • Angelica
  • Calamus
  • Western Mugwort (Liver Relaxing)
  • Oregon Grape Root (Liver Stimulating)
  • Yarrow (Liver Stimulating)
  • Skullcap (Liver relaxing)
  • Vervain (Liver Relaxing)
  • GoldenRod (Liver Stimulating)
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon Sticks

Take in liquid form as a tincture or elixir before eating a meal…..or even add them to your salads such as dandelion greens or mustard greens.  Herbs in bitters may not all be ok for everyone so contact an herbalist or someone with bitters knowledge if not sure if bitters is right for you.

You can get it from me per request or google on the internet.  Make sure herbs are either wildcrafted or organic.

The Plant Healer’s Path by Jesse Wolf Hardin and Kiva Rose