Swedish Bitters - An Overview - Maria Treben

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Swedish Bitters - An Overview - Maria Treben

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Swedish Bitters
Swedish Bitters is a 500-year-old European remedy that rejuvenates vital organs, improves regularity, and cleanses the system. Additionally, it is an outstanding liver and gallbladder tonic capable of supporting a wide range of body systems. It also supports a healthy brain, cardiovascular, immune, and digestive systems and promotes healthy kidney and hormonal functions...

The original Swedish Bitters formula was created by Dr. Phillipus Paracelsus, a Swiss Physician who lived c.1541.

Our modern Swedish Bitters got their name from Dr. Claus Samst, an 18th-century Swedish physician and Rector of Medicine. He rediscovered the formula as part of a family tradition; the formula he documented is the Bitters known today. He also compiled a manuscript describing "The 46 Conditions Swedish Bitters Can Relieve".

Dr. Samst lived to be 104 and passed away due to a fall while riding, not old age.

However, Maria Treben, an Austrian herbalist, first published her book "Health through God's Pharmacy" in 1980 and brought Swedish bitters to the modern world's attention.

Since then, Treben's book has become a classic among alternative health guides and provides detailed descriptions of the 31 herbs and instructions on preparing teas, tinctures, body pastes, baths, and juices. If you’re interested in natural remedies, this book is invaluable!

The following overview has been edited from Maria Treben's book for clarity.

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 six months in the hospital, and when my husband took 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 diarrhoea. I was a helpless bundle of misery. As the doctor said, these were after-pains of typhoid fever, which can sometimes last for years.

One day, a woman brought me a small bottle of dark brown, strong-smelling liquid. She had heard of my illness and wanted to help. The Swedish Bitters had relieved her of a serious complaint.

Accompanying it was a transcript of an "old manuscript" that explained, in 46 points, how these drops heal every illness. The recipe came from the writings of a Swedish physician, Dr. Claus Samst. As stated, all his family members reached an ancient age.

According to point 43, these drops heal plague boils and swellings even if already in the throat. I put the bottle in the medicine chest. I did not believe that these modest drops could restore my health since the doctor could not even help me.

I soon changed my mind.

I had another attack as I sat before a large basket of ripe pears that needed immediate use. As I had been told that these Swedish drops could be used externally, 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 like everything morbid in my body was pulled out with one hand movement.

I assure you that with this single compress, which I had throughout the day, all my complaints of the preceding months disappeared, never to return.

(Edited for clarity from Health through God's Pharmacy, by Maria Treben)

Swedish Bitters Recipe

Each 5 ml (in a base of 40% alcohol and 60% purified water) contains:

  • Aloe - 33.3 mg- Aids smooth digestion and intestinal motility. A healthy digestive tract is self-cleaning and parasite-free. Supports the female reproductive system. Assists with healthy skin.
  • Myrrh - 16.5 mg - a famous Biblical herb. Supports the body's defence systems. For oral, throat, sinus and respiratory health. It helps support the digestive system. It aids in maintaining healthy skin.
  • Saffron - 0.7 mg - For supporting healthy sleep patterns. It supports healthy vascular tone and digestive health in the uterus.
  • Senna Leaf - 33.3 mg - Supports the bowel.
  • Camphor - 33.3 mg - For respiratory system and heart health. Supports joint mobility and normal muscle function. To aid normal stress responses.
  • Rhubarb Root—33.3 mg—Aids healthy intestinal motility. A healthy digestive tract efficiently removes debris. It also assists the skin's natural barrier.
  • Zedoary - 33.3 mg - Supports healthy digestive organs. A healthy digestive tract is free of bloating.
  • Manna - 33.3 mg - Supports digestive motility.
  • Theriaca Venezian - 33.3 mg - Soothing for animal bites.
  • Carline Root - 33.3 mg - Supports healthy immune, respiratory, reproductive, and muscular systems and normal bladder function.
  • Angelica Root - 33.3 mg - Supports respiratory health. Supports normal digestion and joint mobility. Supports a healthy bladder. It helps the skin eliminate toxins.


  1. The ingredients are put into a wide-necked 2-litre bottle, and 1.5 litres of 38% to 40% rye or fruit spirit is poured over them.
  2. The bottle is left standing in the sun or near the stove for 14 days and shaken daily.
  3. The liquid is then strained and poured into small bottles, well-stopped and stored in a cool place.
  4. Shake well before use.

The bitters can be left in the large bottle until needed. The longer they stand in the bottle, the more effective they become.

Alternatively, some liquid can be strained into smaller bottles and used as needed for many years.

The 46 Conditions Swedish Bitters Can Relieve - Dr. Claus Samst

1. If they are frequently breathed in or sniffed, the base of the skull is moistened, or a moistened cloth is applied to the head, they dispel pain and dizziness and strengthen the brain and memory.
2. They help dim eyes and remove redness and pain, even if the eyes are inflamed. They also rid them of spots and cataracts if the corners are moistened in time or a moistened piece of cloth is applied to the closed lids.
3. Pustules and eczema of all kinds, such as scabs in the nose or elsewhere on the body, are healed if they are often and well moistened.
4. 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.
5. Blisters on the tongue or other tongue infirmities are frequently moistened with drops, and healing soon occurs.
6. If the throat is hot or inflamed, making food swallowing difficult, these drops should be swallowed slowly, morning, noon, and evening. They will take away the heat and heal the throat.
7. For stomach cramps, one tablespoonful is taken.
8. For colic, three tablespoons are taken slowly, one after the other, and relief will soon be felt.
9. It rids the body of wind (gas) and cools the liver, eliminates all troubles of the intestines and stomach, and helps constipation.
10. An excellent remedy for stomach disorders is if the digestion is faulty or food cannot be kept down.
11. They are beneficial for gallbladder pain. Take one tablespoonful daily in the morning and evening and compress it at night; soon, all pain will disappear.
12. For dropsy (oedema—an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin), one tablespoon of bitters in white wine is taken in the morning and evening for six weeks.
13. For pain and buzzing in the ear, a piece of moistened cotton wool is put into the ear. It is very beneficial and can restore lost hearing.
14. For morning sickness, one tablespoon of drops in red wine is given in the morning for three days, and half an hour later, a walk is taken. Then breakfast is taken without milk. These drops should not be taken after drinking milk.
15. In the last 14 days of pregnancy, if one tablespoon of the drops is taken in the mornings and evenings, it promotes the birth. For easy expelling of the afterbirth, a coffee spoonful is given every two hours until the afterbirth is expelled without pain.
16. If, after birth, when the mild dries up, inflammation develops, it quickly subsides if a moistened piece of cloth is applied.
17. They expel worms, even tapeworms, in children and adults, the amount taken by children according to age. A cloth moistened with drops is applied to the navel and kept moist.
18. They rid children of pustules. The children are given these drops according to age and diluted with water. If the pustules start to dry up, they are moistened frequently with these drops, and no scars will develop.
19. For jaundice, very soon, all complaints disappear if one tablespoon of these drops is taken three times daily and compresses are applied to the swollen liver.
20. They open all haemorrhoids, heal kidneys, rid the body of all unnecessary liquids without further treatment, remove melancholy and depression and improve appetite and digestion.
21. Haemorrhoids are reduced if, in the beginning, they are moistened frequently, and if the drops are taken internally, especially before going to bed, they soften the haemorrhoids.
22. If someone has fainted, open their mouth if necessary, give them one tablespoon of the drops, and they will come to.
23. This remedy rids you of the pain of spasms (cramps) so that it will cease in time.
24. For consumption, take the bitters daily in the morning or on an empty stomach and continue the treatment for six weeks.
25. If a woman's menstrual flow ceases or becomes too heavy, she takes these drops for three days and repeats them 20 times. They will quiet what is too much and even out what is too little.
26. This remedy also helps to cure "whites" (white vaginal discharge.)
27. If someone has 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 and the body and rids it of all sickness.
28. They heal lameness and rid you of dizziness and indisposition.
29. They also heal hot pustules and erysipelas.
30. If someone has a fever, be it hot or cold, and is very weak, he is given one tablespoon of the drops. If the patient is not overloaded with other medications, he will come quickly. 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.
31. The drops also heal cancer, old pockmarks, warts and chapped hands. If the wound is old, 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.
32. They heal, without danger, all wounds, be they from a stab or a hit, if they are moistened frequently. A cloth is taken, moistened with the drops, and the scars are covered. They take away the pain in a short time, permit no blemish or purification and heal old wounds which were caused by a shot. If there are holes, the drops are sprinkled into the wound, and they need not necessarily be cleaned beforehand. Healing occurs quickly through repeated application of the moistened cloth.
33. They remove scars, even very old wounds and cuts if moistened up to 40 times with them. All the wounds heal and leave no scars.
34. They heal all fistulas, even if they seem incurable, as old as possible.
35. If the injuries are moistened frequently, they heal all burns and scalds, whether caused by fire, hot water, or fat. No blisters form, the heat is removed, and even festering blisters are healed.
36. They serve against swelling and bruises caused by a blow or a fall.
37. If someone cannot eat with appetite, they bring back the lost taste.
38. If taken for a morning period, they return the lost colour in anaemia. They cleanse the blood, form new blood, and promote circulation.
39. Rheumatic limb pains are eased if the drops are taken in the morning and evening and a moistened cloth is applied to the aching parts.
40. 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. A cotton ball moistened with the drops is applied and kept moist for the corns. After three days, the corns fall out or can be removed painlessly.
42. 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. it is well to take them repeatedly for plague and other infectious diseases since they heal plague boils and swellings, even if they are already in the throat.
44. He who cannot sleep at night takes these drops before bed; for nervous sleeplessness, a piece of cloth moistened with diluted drops is laid upon the heart.
45. A drunk can be sobered on the spot with two 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 blood, and remove the trembling of hands and feet.
In short, they eliminate all illnesses.
The body stays supple, and the face is young and beautiful.
(Edited for clarity from Dr. Claus Samst's manuscript describing "The 46 Conditions Swedish Bitters Can Relieve" as given in Health through God's Pharmacy, by Maria Treben)

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