Swedish Bitters (also known as Swedish Herbs) was created by the Swiss physician, Dr. Phillipus Paracelsus, circa 1541. Swedish Bitters was originally developed as a digestive aid. However, the benefits that were subsequently discovered and realized since its creation, far, far outnumber its original purpose. After 400 years, it is the most popular herbal remedy throughout Europe, found in practically every kitchen cupboard. No other remedy has stood the test of time as Swedish Bitters. It is truly worthy of the name, The Long Life Elixir
ALOE – Used as a laxative. Also for burns, sunburn, wounds and insect bites. Tonic for the female reproductive system. Helps expel worms.
MYRRH – Stimulates the production of white blood corpuscles and has a direct anti-microbial effect therefore helping the natural process of defense. Used for mouth infections e.g. ulcers and gingivitis. Also for boils and wounds. Problems of the sinus, pharynx, larynx and respiratory system. Used in treatment of glandular fever and the common cold. Helps support the digestive system especially with flatulence.
SAFFRON – Sedative. Relieves flatulence and stimulates the appetite, regulates menstrual flow and uterine hemorrhaging.
SENNA LEAF – Mainly used in the treatment of constipation.
CAMPHOR – Respiratory stimulant and cardiac tonic. Calms the nerves and is used to counter rheumatism.
RHUBARB ROOT – Used to treat constipation. Its astringent effect cleanses the digestive tract, removing debris. Antiseptic.
ZEDOARY- Used for flatulence, colic and debility of the digestive organs.
MANNA – Gentle laxative and tonic.
THERIAC VENEZIAN- Used as an antidote for venomous bites.
CARLINE THISTLE ROOT – Used to treat bronchitis, prostate problems and rheumatism. Is a diuretic, tonic, stomachic and antibiotic.
ANGELICA ROOT – Used for coughs and colds, pleurisy and bronchitis, influenza and fevers. Eases intestinal colic and flatulence. Has been used in anorexia nervosa. Helps ease rheumatic inflammations as well as cystitis. Helps the skin eliminate toxins.
CAUTION: As aloe stimulates uterine contraction it is recommended that pregnant women reduce the dose to 2.5ml (1/2 teaspoon) twice daily.
Often one dropper full before bed is sufficient to prevent nausea the next morning. Aloe is excreted in the mother’s milk and may cause diarrhea in babies. Due to the purgative effect of herbs such as aloe and senna, low doses (e.g. 8 drops or less) 2 times daily are recommended to people suffering from diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome.
Internally: According to Maria Treben’s book ‘Health Through God’s Pharmacy’ which has sold over 10 million copies:
* “Prophylactics are taken according to the ‘old manuscript’ in the morning and evening. One teaspoon diluted with water. For indisposition of any kind, 3 tablespoons diluted with water can be taken. For serious diseases, 2 to 3 tablespoons are taken as follows: One tablespoon diluted with half a cup of herb tea, half of it is sipped half an hour before and the other half an hour after each meal”.
If only taking one dose a day the best time to have this is after the evening meal. For people who are very responsive to the dose, 4 to 5 drops morning and night is often all that is required. Signs of overdose are stomach tenderness or sleepiness. If these occur, reduce the dose.
As a tonic once the desired results are achieved one dose every 4 days is a maintenance dose.
Externally: Dab directly onto the affected area and wait until it dries to avoid staining clothes. Or make a compress by soaking a cotton, wool or flannel cloth with the tincture and applying to the affected area.
Place plastic over the cloth to avoid staining clothes and secure with a bandage. Or use the cream as a face scrub mask.