Herbs that can be used as an aperitive

What are aperitives?

The word aperitive is derived from the French word Aperitif, which refers to a drink taken before dinner to accentuate appetite and prepare the palate for the meal's arrival. 

Aperitive herbs are a group of herbs that have been used for centuries to stimulate the appetite and aid digestion. By encouraging the release of digestive fluids and enzymes, promoting the flow of bile, and alleviating digestive discomfort, these herbs are renowned for their ability to help the body get ready for a meal. They can be consumed in a variety of forms such as teas, tinctures, or culinary preparations to help boost appetite and promote healthy digestion.

What are the benefits of Aperitive?

Aperitive herbs offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Stimulate appetite
  • Improve digestion
  • Increase nutrient absorption
  • Supports healthy liver function
  • Calm the digestive distress

3 Herbs Recommended as an aperitive

Gentian Root

Gentian Root

Gentian root is a well-known aperitif herb that has been used for centuries to stimulate the appetite and aid digestion. The root of the gentian plant contains bitter compounds that help to facilitate the production of digestive juices and enzymes, promoting healthy digestion and appetite stimulation. It enhances the secretion of digestive enzymes such as amylase, lipase, and protease, which can help the digestive system break down proteins, lipids, and carbs.

Additionally, it can aid in boosting bile production, which is crucial for the breakdown and absorption of lipids. 




Angelica root is an excellent aperitive herb that is well-known for enhancing the appetite and helping with digestion. It also contains bitter compounds that induce the secretion of digestive enzymes that assist with healthy digestion. Additionally, it might lessen digestive tract inflammation, which is advantageous for people who suffer from inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.

Fennel Seed

Fennel Seed

Fennel seeds include volatile oils and other substances that aid in promoting sound digestion and arousing hunger. It is a popular aperitive herb that stimulates appetite and digestion by promoting the secretion of digestive juices.

It can also be helpful for those with inflammatory digestive diseases including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as it helps to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.

Other Medicinal Plants that Act as a aperitive