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Schwedenbitter (Swedish Bitter)

Schwedenbitter (Swedish Bitter)
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Schwedenbitter is widely known to activate digestive organs, liver, as well as many other organs in the body, in a simultaneously but concordant fashion. It is also known as a blood purifier. Most Swedish Bitters on the market today use an 11 Herb formula. We decided to use the original Austrian Apothecary 19 herb formula; it is based on the Big (Grossen) Swedish Bitter. With travels to Austria and research we speculate the Grossen Schwedenbitter to be closer to the original Paracelsus recipes that got lost.

100ml - 3.4fl.oz or 250ml - 8.4fl.oz.

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Our bitters are different from the Maria Treben 11 herb formula manufactured by our compeditors. We have taken a step further to research the original recipe first produced by Paracelsus. Maria Treben is not the producer of the original Swedish Bitter, instead she acquired Swedish Bitter during a unfortunate time of her life. Please see excerpt below.

Using bitters

We receive many questions on how one can use bitters. Bitters can be used for a variety of complaints including digestive complaints due to the bitter herbs contained therein. Bitter substances have almost been completely eliminated from the modern diet. This can cause an imbalance as bitter substances have the ability to improve kidney and liver function, improve bile, reduce bloating and flatulence, improve metabolism, and prevent acidification of the body. So, if your digestive system is at risk, Swedish Bitter may rid your complaints.

Other personal uses in our family

We've used Swedish Bitter for a number of personal complaints including; toothaches, food poisoning, cuts, burns, allergic reactions, muscle aches, cramps, headaches, digestion, pimples, scars, and rash.


Schwedenbitter also known as Swedish Bitters can be traced back hundreds of years. In-fact the elixir has been found in the pharmacopeias since the Middle Ages with name variations of: Hierapicra composita, Tinctura aloes composita, and Species ad longam vitam. Paracelsus (1493-1541) also known as the “Luther of Medicine” developed Elixir Ad Longam Vitam which translates into “medicine for a long life”. The original elixir was formulated by Paracelsus of Swiss - German origin, but was left behind in an old manuscript that had been found 200 years later. The Elixir Ad Longam Vitam is formulated to harmonize all major internal organ functions and benefit the entire body.

In the 17th century Dr. Claus Samst and Dr. Urban Hjärne rediscovered what appeared to be the original elixir formula from Paracelsus “Elixir Ad Longam Vitam”. Dr. Urban Hjärne lived to be 83 and Dr. Claus Samst died from a riding accident and reported to have lived until the age of 104 years. Please note, in the 17th century, life expectancy was at the range of 20 - 40 years of age. After Dr. Claus Samst died the elixir was renamed Swedish Bitter (Schwedenbitter). Dr. Claus Samst created a manuscript describing some 46 problems Schwedenbitter has helped relieve.

Maria Treben found her way to this manuscript of healing herbs “Schwedenbitter” some 250 years later. Maria Treben suffered typhoid fever until a woman brought her a small bottle containing a dark brown color. Maria Treben tells her story in the following excerpt:

“It sounds almost like a fairy tale, but it is true. As a refugee from the German speaking area of Czechoslovakia, I became ill with typhoid fever in a camp in Bavaria, caused by contaminated meat and, through it, came jaundice and an obstruction in the intestines. I spent more than 6 months in hospital and when my husband got my mother, my mother-in-law, our child and myself to Austria, I was a young but sick woman. At night I was hit by terrible pain that shot through my body like a sword. In these moments I could neither sit nor stand, walk nor lie down; at the same time I vomited and had diarrhea. I was a helpless bundle of misery. These were after pains of the typhoid fever which sometimes can go on for years, as the doctor said.

One day a woman brought me a small bottle containing a dark brown, strong smelling liquid. She had heard of my illness and wanted to help. The Swedish Bitter had relieved her of a serious complaint. Accompanying it was a transcript of an “old manuscript” in which was explained, in 46 points, how these drops heal every illness. The recipe came from the writings of a well know Swedish physician. As stated, all members of his family had reached an unusually old age.
These drops according to point 43 heal “plague boils and swellings even if already in the throat”. I put the bottle in the medicine chest. I just did not believe that these modest drops could give me back my health, since the doctor could not even help me. Soon I changed my mind. As I sat in front of a large basket of ripe pears which needed to be used up straight away, I had another attack. As I had been told that these Swedish drops could be used externally as well, I did not hesitate for long and applied them as a compress on the abdomen, put a small plastic bag over the compress and then my girdle and continued my work.

A wonderful warm feeling spread through my body. Suddenly, it felt as if with one movement of the hand, everything morbid in my body was pulled out.
I assure you that with this single compress which I had on the whole day, all complaints of the preceding months disappeared, never to return.”

Hof Apotheke Salzburg

This is the oldest apothecary in Salzburg, Austria. The Original Hofapotheke was established 1591. Photo of 1903

Hof Apotheke Salzburg
Up to today people visit this unique pharmacy and get their remedies. Photo of 2010

Hofapotheke is the oldest Apothecary in Austria Salzburg region in the famous area of Mozart's Birth. The original Hofapotheke was moved to the Old Market from Getreidegasse No 9. The first owner Chunrad Froeschlmoser held the Apothecary from 1588 - 1591.

Our natural therapies are meant for helping the patient. They do not eliminate, neither replace medical traditional cures. We are not responsible for a faulty or unsuccessful cure. Not evaluated by the FDA. If symptoms persist consult a physician.
Product Information

Dilution of bitter can be performed with hot or cold tea, juice, and water to avoid irritation of the stomach. We recommend one tablespoon per cup of herbal tea or warm water. Schwedenbitter increases saliva and gastric juice production which immediately stimulate the digestive organs causing improved food utilization and absorption. For optimum results drink 30 minutes before or after meals. For well-being drink one cup of tea in the morning and one cup in the evening. If one experiences diarrhea please discontinue as it will worsen. People having a sensitive digestive system should be careful of what dosage they subscribe to. If this occurs, half a teaspoon shall be taken. If one has pain in the teeth or gums dilute one tablespoon of bitter and gargle. If one obtains tolerance, bitter may be used without dilution. If you decide not to dilute Schwedenbitter you’ll notice the infection diminish much faster. Bitter is not suggested to be taken during pregnancy and during breast feeding.

For external application cream may be applied to the infected area before hand. Moisten bitter to a cotton ball and then apply to the designated area. Keep compression between 2-4 hours or eventually over night. For sensitive people keep application times minimal with longer intervals. Bitter can be used for troublesome pimples. Pimples whether discharging or not recede within just a few hours. Bitter can be applied to cuts, scraps, bee stings, burns, rashes, chicken pox, and blemishes.

Herba absinthii, Folium boldo, Fungus laricis, Radix gentianae, Radix carlinae, Radix dictamni, Semen myristicae, Herba allii ursini, Radix Rhei, Radix angelicae, Bolus Rubra, Radix zedoariae, Radix calami, Myrrhae, Camphora Japonica Vera, Crocus sativus, Theriak, Grain Alcohol
The Old Manuscript

01. Pain and Dizziness: If they are frequently breathed in or sniffed, the base of the skull is moistened or a moistened cloth applied to the head, they dispel Pain and Dizziness and strengthen the brain and memory.

02. Eyes and Cataracts: They aid dim eyes and take away redness and all pain, even if the eyes are inflamed. They rid them of spots and cataracts, if the corners are moistened in time or a moistened piece of cloth is applied to the closed bids.

03. Scabs, Pustules and Eczema: Pustules and eczema of all kinds, as scabs in the nose or elsewhere on the body, are heeled, if they are often and well moistened.

04. Toothache: For toothache, a tablespoon of these drops is taken with a little water and kept in the mouth for a little while or the aching tooth is moistened. The pain soon eases and the putrefaction disappears.

05. Blisters on Tongue: Blisters on the tongue or other infirmities of the tongue are frequently moistened with drops and healing soon occurs.

06. Inflamed Throat: If the throat is hot or inflamed, so that food is only swallowed with difficulty, these drops are swallowed slowly, morning, noon and evening and they take away the heat and heal the throat.

07. Cramps: Tor stomach cramps, 1 tablespoonful is taken.

08. Colics: For colic, 3 tablespoons are taken slowly, one after the other, and relief will soon be felt.

09. Constipation and Gas: They rid the body of wind (gas) and cool the liver, eliminate all troubles of the intestines and stomach and help constipation.

10. Stomach and Digestion: An excellent remedy for stomach disorders, if the digestion is faulty or food cannot be kept down.

11. Gall bladder pain: They are beneficial for pain in the gall bladder. 2 Tablespoonful daily in the morning and evening and at night compresses and soon all pain will disappear.

12. Dropsy: For dropsy, 1 tablespoon in white wine is taken in the morning and evening for 6 weeks.

13. Ear and Hearing: For pain and buzzing in the ear, a piece of cotton wool is moistened and put into the ear. It is very beneficial and brings back lost hearing.

14. Morning sickness: For morning sickness, 1 tablespoon of the drops in red wine is given in the morning for 3 days, half an hour later a walk is taken. Then breakfast with no milk. These drops should not be taken after drinking milk.

15. Pregnancy: In the last 14 days of pregnancy, if 1 tablespoon of the drops is taken mornings and evenings, it promotes the birth. For easy expelling of the afterbirth, a coffee spoonful is given every 2 hours, until the afterbirth is expelled without pain.

16. Mild: If, after a birth, when the mild dries up, inflammation develops, it quickly subsides, if a moistened piece of cloth is applied.

17. Worms: They expel worms, even tapeworms, in children and adults, the amount taken by children being according to age. A piece of cloth moistened with drops is applied to the navel and kept moist

18. Pustules: They rid children of pustules. The children are given these drops according to age, diluted with water. If the pustules start to dry up, they are moistened frequently with these drops and no scars will develop.

19. Jaundice: For jaundice, very soon all complaints disappear, if 1 tablespoon or these drops is taken 3 times daily and compresses are applied to the swollen liver.

20. Hemorrhoids: They open all hemorrhoids, and heal kidney, rid the body of all unnecessary liquids without further treatment, taking away melancholy and depression and improve appetite and digestion. Hemorrhoids are reduced, if in the beginning, they are moistened frequently and if the drops are taken internally, especially before going to bed, they will soften the hemorrhoids.

21. Fainting: If someone has fainted, open their mouth if necessary, give them 1 tablespoon of the drops and they will come to.

22. Spasm and cramps: This remedy rids you of the pain of spasm [cramps] so that it will cease in time.

23. Consumtion (tuberculosis): For consumption, take them daily in the morning or on an empty stomach and continue the treatment for 6 weeks.

24. Menstrual Flow: If the menstrual flow ceases for a woman or is too heavy, she takes these drops 3 days and repeats it 20 times. They will, what is too much, lessen and, what is too little, evenout.

25. Whites: This remedy also helps to cure “whites” (white vaginal discharge).

26. Epelepsy: If someone is afflicted with epilepsy, he has to be given these drops on the spot and he should then take this remedy exclusively, since it strengthens the affected nerves as well as body and rids it of all sickness.

27. Dizziness and Indisposition: They heal lameness and rid you of dizziness and indisposition.

28. Pustules They heal also hot pustules and erysipelas.

29. Fever: If someone has fever, be it hot or cold, and is very weak, he is given 1 tablespoon of the drops and the patient, if he is not overloaded with other medications, will in a short time come to, the pulse will start to beat again and the fever, no matter how high it was, will pass and the patient will soon be better.

30. Cancer, Rock Marks and Warts: The drops also heal cancer, old rock marks, warts and chapped hands. If the wound is old or festering or proud flesh has developed, everything is washed well with white wine and a piece of cloth moistened with the drops is laid upon it.

31. Wounds and Blemishes: They heal, without danger, all wounds, be they from a stab or a hit, if they are moistened frequently. A piece of cloth is taken, moistened with the drops and the wounds covered therewith. They take away the pain in a short time, permit no blemish or putrefication and heal also old wounds which were caused by a shot. If there are holes, the drops are sprinkled into the wound which need not necessarily be cleaned beforehand. Through repeated applying of the moistened cloth healing occurs in a short time.

32. Wounds, Scars and Cuts: They take away scars, even if very old, wounds and cuts, if moistened up to 40 times with them. All the wounds heal and leave no scars.

33. Fistulas: They heal all fistulas, even if they seem incurable, be they as old as may be.

34. Burns and Scalds: They heal all burns and scalds, be they caused by fire, not water or fat, if the injuries are moistened frequently. No blisters form, the heat is taken out and even festering blisters are healed.

36. Bruises and Swellings: They serve against swelling and bruises, be they caused by a blow or a fall.

37. Appetite: If someone cannot eat with appetite, they bring back the lost taste.

38. Anemia: In anemia, they bring back the lost color, if taken for a period in the morning. They cleanse the blood and form new blood and promote circulation.

39. Rheumatic Pains: Rheumatic pains in the limbs are eased if the drops are taken morning and evening and a moistened cloth is applied to the aching parts.

40. Frost Bite: They heal frost bitten hands and feet, even if there are open parts, if a moistened cloth is applied as often as possible, but especially at night.

41. Corns: For corns, a cotton ball, moistened with the drops, is applied and kept moist. After 3 days the corns fall out or can be removed painlessly.

42. Bites: They heal too, bites of mad dogs and other animals, if taken internally since they heal and destroy all poison. A moistened cloth is laid upon the wounds.

43. Infectious Diseases: For plague arid other infectious diseases, it is well to take the drops repeatedly, since they heal plague boils and swellings, even if already in the throat.

44. Sleeplessness: He who cannot sleep at night takes these drops before going to bed. For nervous sleeplessness, a piece of cloth moistened with diluted drops is laid upon the heart.

45. Drinking: A drunk can be sober on the spot with 2 tablespoonfuls.

46. He who takes these drops mornings or evenings daily needs no further medication, since they strengthen the body, tone up the nerves and the blood, take away the trembling of hands and feet. In short, they take away all illnesses. The body stays supple, the face young and beautiful.

Important: all stated amounts of Swedish bitters should be taken diluted with herb tea or water.

The wonderful healing power of this herb mixture is shown in the above text of the ‘old manuscript.’ It can be said, and rightly so, that there is hardly any illness where Swedish bitters is not of benefit, or at least is effective as a basis for every treatment.

Our natural therapies are meant for helping the patient. They do not eliminate, neither replace medical traditional cures. We are not responsible for a faulty or unsuccessful cure. Not evaluated by the FDA. If symptoms persist consult a physician.

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