Swedish Bitters Old Manuscript
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- * Small Swedish Bitters * -
- 10 gm. Aloe*
- 5 gm. Myrrh
- 2 gm. Saffron
- 10 gm. Senna leaves
- 10 gm. Camphor**
- 10 gm. Rhubarb roots
- 10 gm. Manna
- 10 gm. Theriac venezian
- 5 gm. Carline Thistle roots
- 10 gm. Angelica roots
- 10 gm. Zedoary roots
This mixture is put into a wide-necked 2 liter bottle and 1.5 liter of 38% to 40% rye or fruit spirit are poured over it. The bottle is left standing in the sun or near the stove for 14 days and shaken daily. The liquid is then strained and poured into small bottles, well stoppered and stored in cool place. This way it can be kept for many years. The longer it stands, the more effective it becomes! Shake well before use! Alternatively some of the liquid can be strained into a small bottle and the rest left in the bottle until required.
* Instead of Aloe, Genetial root or Wormwood powder may be used.
* * Only natural Camphor should be used.
THIS RECIPE was found among the writings of the well-known Swedish physician, rector of medicine, Dr. Samst. He died in his 104th year in a riding accident. His parents and grandparents all reached a patriarchal age. It sounds almost like a fairy story, but it is true. As a refugee from a 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 a 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 AFTERPAINS 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 Bitters had relieved her of a serious complaint. Accompanying the small bottle, she gave me, 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 wellknown Swedish physician. As I stated, all members of his family had reached an unusual old age. These drops, according to the 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 over 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 extremely 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 feeling spread through my body and, 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 of the preceding months disappeared, never to return.
"OLD MANUSCRIPT" (Transcript of the Swedish Bitters' curative power)
1. 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.
2. They help dim eyes and take away redness and all pain, even if the EYES ARE INFLAMED. They rid them of SPOTS 37 AND CATARACTS, if the corners are moistened in time or a moistened piece of cloth is applied to the closed lids.
3. PUSTULAS AND ECZEMA of all kinds, 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 infirmities of the tongue are frequently moistened with drops and healing soon
6. 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
7. For STOMACH CRAMPS, 1 tablespoonful is taken.
8. For COLIC, 3 tablespoons are taken slowly, one after the other, and relief will soon be felt.
9. The rid the body of WIND (GAS) and cool the liver, eliminate all troubles of the intestines and stomach and help CONSTIPATION. 38
10. An excellent remedy for STOMACH DISORDERS, if the DIGESTION is faulty or food cannot be kept down.
11. They are beneficial for PAIN IN THE GALL BLADDER. 1 tablespoonful daily in the morning and evening, and at night compresses and soon all pain will disappear.
12. For DROPSY, 1 tablespoon in white wine is taken in the morning and evening for 6
13. 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. 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. 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 coffeespoonful is given every 2 hours, until the afterbirth is expelled without pain.
16. If, after a birth when the MILD DRIES UP, inflammation develops, it quickly subsides if a moistened piece of cloth is
17. They Expel WORMS, even TAPEWORMS, in children and adults, the amount taken 39 by children being according to age. A piece of cloth moistened with drops is applied to the navel and kept moist.
18. They rid children of PUSTULAS. 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. For JAUNDICE very soon all complaints disappear, if 1 tablespoon of these drops is taken 3 times daily and compresses are applied to the SWOLLEN LIVER.
20. They open all HEMORRHOIDS, and heal KIDNEYS, rid the body of all unnecessary liquids without further treatment, taking away MELANCHOLY AND DEPRESSION and improve appetite and digestion.
21. HEMORRHOIDS 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 hemorrhoids.
22. If someone has FAINTED, open his mouth if required, give him 1 tablespoon of the drops and he will come to.
23. This remedy rids you of the pain of SPASM (cramps) so that it will cease in
24. For CONSUMPTION take them daily in the morning or on empty stomach and continue the treatment for 6 weeks.
25. If the MENSTRUAL FLOW CEASES for a 40 + woman or is too heavy, she takes these drops 3 days and repeats it 20 times. They will, what is too much, quiet and, what is too little, evenout.
26. This remedy also helps to cure "WHITES" (white vaginal discharge.)
27. 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.
28. They heal LAMENESS and rid you of DIZZINESS AND INDISPOSITION.
29. They heal also hot PUSTULAS AND
30. 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.
31. The drops also heal CANCER, OLD POCK MARKS, WARTS AND CHAPPED HANDS. If the wound is OLD OR FESTERING OR PROUND 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, 41 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.
33. 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.
34. They heal all FISTULAS, even if they seem incurable, be they as old as may be.
35. They heal all BURNS AND SCALDS, be they caused by fire, hot water or fat, if the injuries are moistened frequently. No blisters form, the heat is taken out and even festering blisters are healed.
36. They serve against SWELLING AND URUISES, be they caused by a blow or a
37. If someone cannot eat with APPETITE, they bring back the lost taste.
38. In ANEMIA they bring back the lost color, if taken for a period in the mornings. They cleanse the blood and form new blood and promote circulation.
39. RHEUMATIC PAINS in the limbs are eased 42 if the drops are taken 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. 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. 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. For PLAGUE and other INFECTIOUS DISEASES it is well to take them repeatedly since they heal PLAGUE BOILS AND SWELLINGS, even if already in the
44. He who cannot sleep at night takes these drops before going to bed. For nervous SLEEPNESSNESS a piece of cloth moistened with diluted drops is laid upon the
45. A DRUNK can be sobered 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 43 V body stays supple, the face young and
IMPORTANT: All stated amounts of Swedish Bitters should be taken diluted with herb tea or 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.
(Excerpted from the writings of Maria Treben, Master Austrian Herbalist)