Ask an HerbalistFeb 2, 2022

Ask an Herbalist: When is the best time to take herbs?

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When is the best time to take herbs?

Nearly all herbal products are taken on an empty stomach, any time from 2 hours after eating until 30 minutes before eating. This allows better absorption of the extract since it does not have to compete with food in your gut. Taking herbs 2 or more times per day (as instructed) helps to keep them in your system longer. Some herbal products have specific timing instructions, such as a serving first thing in the morning, 15 minutes before eating or at bedtime.