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Swedish Bitters Remedies

Last Modified on Dec 31, 2015

Swedish Bitters have a long tradition as a home remedy for an impressive array of ailments, with this herbal tonic strongly promoted by famed herbalist Maria Treben. This alcoholic concoction of natural herbs goes back to the 18th century and is a common health tonic in many European countries.

While it is available in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic forms, as well as from a number of providers in differing formulations, Swedish Bitters are traditionally flavored with aloe, saffron, rhubarb, myrrh, angelica, camphor, gentian, and a few other traditionally therapeutic herbs. As with other bitters, Swedish Bitters are foremost known as a digestive aid.

Home Remedies: Swedish Bitters have been recommended for bloating, indigestion, hemorrhoids, allergies, and skin conditions.

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Remedies for Swedish Bitters

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease42012-07-12
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Pid)12013-02-21

3 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Pureinsideout (London, Uk) on 07/13/2012

[YEA]  Swedish bitters have, in my experience, been unbeatable for the relief of bloating, gas and constipation.

The intial recipe for bitters was attributed to Paracelsus in the 15th century. It was then revived by Jonathan Samst in the 18th century and later made popular by Maria Treben.

The Swedish Bitters elixir's benefits are numerous. It promotes biliary, pancreatic and gastric secretion, disinfects the intestinal track, relieves bloating, flatulence, cramps and nausea, encourages toxin elimination and is a gentle laxative. A teaspoon in the morning and evening diluted in water greatly improved my digestive health following a long episode of bloating.

Replied by Juliana
Edmonton, Canada

[YEA]   Sweden bitter (they call it in Canada) is one of my favourites and fast relief of stomach pains.

I purchased in health food store the dry herb and followed the direction for the first bottle and made some slight change to it to the 2nd bottle by the advice of my dear friend.I put the dry herbs into 95 percent alcohol and kept up to 6 month instead of 8-21 days in the bottle and then screened it.I dilute 1teaspoon in 1 cup of water and drink immediately when I have stomach aches.

It removes stomach pain immediately.

Thanks. I hope this will help some.

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 01/18/2012

Take a teaspoon or two of swedish bitters shortly after you eat.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Mary (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/19/2009

[YEA]  For about a month now I have been taking Swedish Bitters. For the last 2 years I have had vertigo and don't know if it had to do with a brain surgery I had 8 years ago. Since taking the Swedish Bitters I have been feeling so much better and the dizzy spells are leaving me. It got to the point where I was afraid to sleep because when I put my head down on the pillow the dizzy spells would hit so hard I couldn't tell if I was up or down it worried me that I could fall out of bed.

Go to your health food store and see if they carry the bitters. It can be a bit pricy 28.00 for a 16 oz bottle but this is already prepared. There are some webites you can go to that sell the herbs a lot cheaper them selves and they give you directions on how to take them. I have the pdf of the OLD MANUSCRIPT BY PARACELSUS THE INVENTOR OF SWEDISH BITTERS IN 1541 and can give it to Earth Clinic and see how they want to send it out or you can email me for it. It doesn't sell anythng it just tells you how to apply the bitters to different illnesses. Love, love, love Earthclinic it has helped me so much!


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Dosage and Duration  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Cris (Nz) on 08/30/2015

Hi there,

Could you please tell me know for how what period of time it is safe to be daily taking swedish bitters? I have heard from numerous sources that it's best taken for 4-6 weeks before giving it a break. I'd like to confirm whether that is true, and if so, how long the break should be, before we resume using it.

Moreover, could there be an exception for someone who's seriously ill (i.e. cancer)? A family member wishes to know whether they can take it for a longer period, if necessary.

Thank you for your kind help!

Best, Crissy

Replied by Juliana

[YEA]   I take Swedish bitters in alcohol (1 teaspoon in 2/3 of glass of water) only when I have pain in my stomach. You can make non alcoholic one, but it doesn't last long. Thanks

Fernet Branca  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Drlarry (San Francisco, Calif, Usa) on 10/23/2012

[YEA]  For those who want an alternative to swedish bitters, try fernet branca, a swedish apertif with the same plus more ingredients as the swedish bitters, costs about the same to. Can get it beverages and more. Formulated by a swedish doctor about the same time the bitter came on the scene if not before.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Graham (Adelaide, Australia) on 08/14/2011

[YEA]  I have had problems with sore and bleeding hemaroids for many years and I have almost instant relief using Swedish Bitters everytime they flare up.

I halve a cotton wool ball soak it in swedish bitters make into a bullet shape and wipe the affected area, then insert just slightly.. It really stings though but well worth it as within a minute or so all pain has gone.. I hope this helps someone.


Posted by Jan (Se Q'ld, Australia) on 05/20/2012

Hi, I notice you don't YET have a segment for SWEDISH BITTERS. I would like to see it as to me it is a medicine chest in a bottle as it helps so many ailments.

I've seen a person healed of pain in just 5 or 6minutes from Gallbladder stones pain attack. Amazing results after a tbspn of the Swedish Bitters brown liquid in a little water, swallowed and then the application of SB Compress over the pain area.

I've seen my husband's knee healed after an accident and application of compress on his knee for an hour or so, for a few days in a row. I've had a badly sprained ankle heal overnight with the application of a Swedish Bitters compress. I am never without it in my medicine cabinet, bathroom and kitchen.

Hope this can help someone.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Takoda (Xeresa, Spain) on 05/20/2010

[YEA]  10 years of weekly migraines gone with Swedish bitters, a digestive complex and sublingual vit B12.

I take 2 tablespoons of Swedish bitters at the slightest hint of migraine- sometimes several times a day(I take a bottle wherever I go).
Also I take 30 drops of a digestive complex which has artichoke(cynara scolymus),fumaria (fumaria officinalis), boldo(peumus boldus Mol) bitter chamomile, rosemary and artimisia absinthium). These I take after any cooked meal.

And I take 2 sublingual vit B12 a day, double the recommended dose.

I would recommend a big lettuce based raw vegetable salad everyday as one main meal and I believe that all the above would cure any migraine that is digestion related. (I feel my whole chemistry has changed)

Good luck.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease  

Posted by Betsy (Sydney, Nsw) on 07/12/2012

I have been douching with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one drop of tea tree oil in two cups of warm water and it was instant relief for me... Got rid of the smell too.

Posted by Annie (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) on 02/08/2012

Are the swedish bitters still helping your pid??

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 01/20/2012

The dossage is upped to 2 teaspoons 3 times a day w/ food. Salad and fresh fruit seem best foods to take it with. Added raw beets 1 a day, and 2 or 3 garlic cloves. Been sick for years, finally after about 4 days much better. Always been run down, tired, achy, sugar issues, can't take milk or wheat, started getting lower leg pain and vericose veins, started getting sharp abdominal pain. That's when I started the bitters. I knew it was an infection because years ago on Azithromycin it was much better.

Posted by Anon (Anon) on 01/18/2012

Not sure if it's PID, but it seems to be. Swedish Bitters seems to be working best, haven't gone to the Dr. for it. 1 or 2 teaspoons with a meal, bottle says 1 or 2 teaspoons once per day.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Pid)  
1 User Reviews | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Viv (Mnl, Philippines) on 02/21/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I was actually looking for an herbal remedy for my pid and I landed on this site, I read about swedish bitters so I tried it since I'm scared of taking antibiotics often coz I just took a course of antibiotics for my pid just a month ago. My entire reproductive organs are painful. Ive been taking a lot of vit c's and probiotics, include zinc and antioxidant juices. I got tired of taking all of them because pain persists. I tried swedish bitters though expensive in our place. After taking a teaspoon of it. I felt relieved after an hour. I'm taking it for already 5days now, pain has subsided. I just don't know if it will come back if I stopped taking it. I hope not. And I just dont know if it will totally eradicate my pid but im gonna have my test to c if I still have infection. Thanks earth clinic and to the people who have contributed their knowledge and what they know because they don't know how they have helped many people including me who is so thankful.