The medicinal benefits of Schwedenbitter have kept its original herbal formula in existence for over four centuries. Read our guide for more facts and information on the formula behind this product…
Schwedenbitter, the 16th century herbal formula of Swiss physician Phillipus Paracelsus, is better known as Swedish Bitters. Acclamations about the herbal formula were found in the diary of the Swedish doctor Urban Hjärne Samst, who popularized the formula. Dr. Samst lived 104 years (1620-1724) and died in a riding accident, proving that the product is indeed a long life elixir.
Maria Treben’s Schwedenbitter recommendations
Schwedenbitter has remained in existence, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Samst and Austrian herbalist Maria Treben. Dr. Samst publicized the product in the 18th century, while Treben rekindled its existence by strongly promoting it in the 19th century. Treben has recommended the use of Swedish Bitters for a wide range of diseases in her world famous book called “Health through God’s Pharmacy.”
Treben’s book provides simple instructions that can provide tremendous benefits. For example, even frequent breathing of the herbal formulation can dispel pain and dizziness. Dosages ranging from a few drops to about two tablespoons can treat a multitude of disorders, including rheumatism, gout, hangovers, headaches cataracts, toothaches, stomach cramps, indigestion, nausea, jaundice, epilepsy, and many more. Schwedenbitter can be taken neat or diluted in herbal tea or water. It basically stimulates the digestive system to improve the elimination of waste products. For external use, the formula can be used as a compress diluted with water in 1:1 proportion.
Properties of the herbal ingredients used in Schwedenbitter
The individual medicinal properties of the herbal ingredients used in Schwedenbitter are responsible for the versatile healing ability of the herbal formula. Knowing these properties can help better perceive the power of the overall formula:
Aloe – It is a laxative and helps expel worms. It strengthens the female reproductive system. It is also good for healing burns, sunburn, insect bites and wounds.
Myrrh – It is a famous Biblical herb that stimulates white blood cell production, meaning that it improves the body’s defense mechanism. It supports the digestive system as well. It also has an anti-microbial effect and is used in the treatment of boils and wounds. Additionally, it can treat mouth ulcers, gingivitis, sinus problems and respiratory system ailments.
Saffron – It helps cure digestive disorders, inflammation, depression, irregular menstrual patterns and menopausal issues. It is a sedative and supports healthy sleep patterns.
Senna leaf – Senna leaves support the bowel and are mainly used to treat constipation.
Camphor – It is a respiratory stimulant and heart tonic. It supports joint mobility, meaning that it fights rheumatism. It also addresses stress by calming the nerves.
Rhubarb root – It improves intestinal motility and treats constipation. It cleanses the digestive tract and has astringent properties.
Zedoary – It supports the digestive organs and relieves colic and flatulence.
Manna – It supports digestion with its mild laxative property.
Theriac venezian – It is an antidote for venomous animal bites.
Carline thistle root – It promotes immunity and supports normal bladder function. It also aids the respiratory, muscular and reproductive systems. It can treat bronchitis, rheumatism and prostrate issues.
Angelica root – It supports the respiratory system, digestion, normal bladder function and joint motility. It can treat cough, cold, bronchitis, influenza, fever and pleurisy, rheumatic inflammations, intestinal colic and flatulence. It helps the skin expel toxins.
It is said that Swedish troops brought the formula to Germany during the three-decade war in the 17th century. Though Schwedenbitter is sold on several online shopping websites, the Greek variety boasts of its authentic recipe, in terms of ingredients and manufacturing process. The uniqueness is attributed to the Greek climatic conditions that favor the growth of the herbs and the careful extraction process carried out on a rotating extractor.