A bitters is an alcoholic beverage flavored with herbal essences and has a bitter or bittersweet flavor. Numerous brands of bitters were formerly marketed as patent medicines,
Angostura bitters was first compounded in Venezuela in 1824 by German physician Dr. Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert; it was compounded as a cure for sea sickness and stomach maladies, though other medicinal uses had been discovered long before this. Dr. Siegert subsequently formed the House of Angostura, a company selling the bitters to sailors.
I was on a short cruise with my youngest daughter (she was 6 at the time) when we encountered a couple hours of heavy seas. I was on the second deck of a three deck ship and when we were in a trough you couldn't see the crest. The crew duct taped everthing shut and gave us bitters. It really worked. Settles the stomach and dizziness.
I gave up drinking in about the same year but in a pinch, I would take bitters in heavy seas
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