Swedish Bitters

Swedish bitters is a traditional herbal tonic, said to have been formulated originally by Paracelsus and rediscovered by 18th century Swedish medics Dr. Claus Samst and Dr. Urban Hjärne. In modern times it has been popularised by Maria Treben, an Austrian herbalist. It is claimed to cure a large number of ailments and help digestion. However these claims are presented with little in the way of scientific evidence to support them.
(Summarised from Wikipedia)

My granny has been preparing Swedish bitters for about 20 years now. She doesn’t make it from scratch, but she goes to the local pharmacy, where you can buy a bag, with the mixture of all the necessary herbs for the Swedish bitters. She also owns Maria Treben’s book Health Through God’s Pharmacy (the book on the link for Amazon may not be the same, because granny’s book is from 1997), where there are herbal remedies for dozens of different disease (heart diseases, stroke, injuries, even cancer…). I strongly recommend this book to everybody, and especially to those, who have a disease, and tried everything, but it didn’t work.

If you want to make the Swedish bitters from scratch, this is the recipe, directly from Maria Treben’s book (when preparing, be sure you weigh all ingredients accurately):

Soak Swedish mixture of herbs in 1.5 liters of 38–40 % grain spirit, or any good fruit spirit, in a two-liter bottle with a wide neck. Leave the bottle for 14 days on the sun or near a stove. Shake the content each day, do the same before filtering the liquid into a small bottle, and before use. The remaining amount may be indefinitely on herbs. Pour the liquid into small bottles, for which make sure that they are well sealed and kept cool. In this way, the elixir may be stored for several years. Longer as it rests, the more effective it becomes.

  • 10 g of aloe¹
  • 5 g of myrrh
  • 0.2 g of saffron
  • 10 g of senna leaves
  • 10 g of camphor²
  • 10 g of rhubarb roots
  • 10 g of zedoary roots
  • 10 g of manna
  • 10 g of theriac venezian
  • 5 g of carline thistle roots
  • 10 g of angelica roots

¹ Instead of aloe, wormwood powder or gentian roots may be used.
² Use only natural camphor.
(Source: Health Through God’s Pharmacy by Maria Treben)

About Cassandra

Merry meet, my name is Cassandra and I am a Witch who began her Magical Path in the autumn of the year 2011. If you want to learn more about me and my Magic, visit my blog Book of Shadows. Blessed be.
This entry was posted in Daily Aritcles and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Swedish Bitters

  1. byronycoffin says:

    I love your posts girl. You are a real treasure to me and my herbal knowledge. I hope to read your going to keep going with these special posts. Thank you. Byrony.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s