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Swedish Bitters Healing Testimonials

Swedish Herbs — A Powerful Herbal Remedy?

Introduction by Healing Cancer Naturally © 2009

Swedish Bitters (or Swedish Herbs) is a (very affordable) mixture of herbs and other ingredients the creation of which is ascribed to the outstanding mediaeval physician Paracelsus.

The recipe[1] (with the herbs typically extracted in alcohol) is said to have been found among the writings of the Swedish physician Dr. Samst, a well-known rector of medicine who reportedly died at age 103 in a riding accident.

According to an Old Manuscript, Swedish Bitters (applied externally as a compress and/or taken internally as drops) are a virtual panacea which will help with numerous serious and less serious health disorders including cancer.

In recent decades, Swedish Bitters have been popularized through the writings of renowned Austrian herbalist Maria Treben, author of the bestselling books on healing with herbs "Health Through God's Pharmacy", "Health from God's Garden, "Maria Treben's Cures: Letters and accounts of cures through the herbal Health Through God's Pharmacy" and others.

The following amazing healing testimonials involving Swedish bitters are excerpted from "Health Through God's Pharmacy", Maria Treben's first book.

While in many of these and similar cases of dramatic healings achieved, the impact of the well-known placebo effect cannot be ruled out, the first testimony involving Maria Treben herself certainly did not contain much (more likely none) of the “power of belief” element.

Although only two of the below healing stories refer to cancer, I am featuring all of these reported cures since they do point to Swedish Bitters being a very special, very powerful herbal remedy which helps the body to get well under many conditions, likely by cleansing the system and stimulating its innate healing powers in a number of ways.

Note: For many cancer cures achieved after following herbal advice by Maria Treben (frequently including Swedish Bitters as well as other herbal treatments), see the dedicated page Maria Treben's "miracle" herbal cancer cures.

And now over to Maria Treben specifically reporting in "Health Through God's Pharmacy" on results achieved with Swedish Bitters on a variety of diseases (for ease of reference and reading, order of testimonials rearranged, headings added and text edited by HealingCancerNaturally.com):

Swedish Bitters: typhoid fever healed

It sounds almost like a fairy story, but it is true. As a refugee from the German-speaking area of Czechoslovakia[2], 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 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 a 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 it was a transcript of an "old manuscript” which explained, in 46 points, how these drops heal every illness. The recipe came from the writings of a well-known Swedish physician. As stated in the text, all members of his family had reached an unusually old age. These drops, according to point 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 not even the doctor could help me. Soon I changed my mind. As I sat in front of a large basket of overripe pears which needed to be used straight away, I had another attack.

As I had been told that these Swedish drops could be used externally as well, I did not hesitate for long and applied them as a poultice on my abdomen, put a small plastic bag over the poultice and then my girdle and continued my work.

A wonderful warm 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 kept on the entire day, all complaints of the preceding month disappeared, never to return.

I would like to give a few more examples of the wonderful effect of Swedish Bitters.

No longer wheelchair-bound

From my sister who lives in Germany, I learned that a mutual acquaintance from Leipzig had been confined to a wheelchair for 15 years. She had spent the war years in Prague and in 1945, as was the fate of many, had to hide and hunker down for weeks in a cellar without straw or any other bedding. Later, she came to Leipzig with her husband.

Soon she suffered from terrible deformation of the joints which confined her to a life in the wheelchair. I only learned of her difficult fate when her husband suddenly died and the poor crippled woman had to leave the flat and move into a furnished room.

Sending herbs or medication from Austria to East Germany is not allowed [this was written when the Berlin Wall was still standing], therefore I had to send her the herb mixture from a border town in Bavaria every second month.

Soon I received encouraging letters. She took 1 tablespoon of Swedish Bitters in a small amount of water and drank half of it before and half of it after a meal. She did this 3 times a day. Slowly the deformations receded and she was able to move her joints slightly. We prayed, she in Leipzig, we in Austria.

After 9 months, this woman who had been tied to a wheelchair could leave her flat for the first time. Slowly she improved and was soon able to do her daily work on her own which helpful people had so far done for her.

Insect bites healed

Another accident happened near a lake. A 4-year-old girl was stung by a hornet and her arm swelled up. I fetched Swedish Bitters and before the parents had clothed the girl, I was ready with the poultice and applied it while the girl was carried to the car. On arrival at the car, about 3 minutes later, the swelling had subsided and the doctor was no longer necessary.

While gathering raspberries, I was stung by a poisonous insect in the thumb. Overnight the thumb swelled up and while shopping a woman said to me, “You had better go directly to the hospital, such an infection could cause your death.” Overnight I applied Swedish Bitters as a poultice and the next day my thumb was back to its normal size.

Help with serious accidents

In the summer we often went swimming in a lake. One day, the large piece of wood that we used to sit on was leaning against a fence. I had my bag next to it and was bending over to gather up some things, when all of a sudden I felt this terrific blow on my leg. The large piece of timber had fallen over and struck me right on the leg.

In no time, from the knee downward, my leg was dark blue and purple and two large swellings, about the size of a fist, appeared. I was carried to the car and then up to my room. My husband wanted to send for the doctor, but I asked him to apply Swedish Bitters as a poultice on my leg.

Half an hour later I was able to walk downstairs to the dining room without any help. The next day my leg was smooth, there was no more swelling and the discoloration had cleared up as well.

One time I had an accident in the laundry. It was at the time when washing machines washed but did not rinse. The heavily entangled pieces had to be lifted out of the very hot water with wooden tongs.

I tend to do everything quickly and with great energy. The tongs slipped and hit me in the eye. Stunned with pain and half blind, I walked upstairs. As soon as I had applied Swedish Bitters, the terrible pain eased. A little while later I looked into the mirror and saw that I had given myself a black eye.

I was back in the laundry a quarter of an hour later with a piece of cotton wool moistened with Swedish Bitters covering the eye, a small piece of plastic over it and the whole lot tied up with a folded scarf. For a few days I kept applying these poultices overnight so there was no chance of anything developing behind the eye.

Some of the things Swedish Bitters are able to achieve

Swedish Bitters cleanse the blood, improve circulation, dispel flatulence, headaches, indigestion, stomach, gallbladder, liver and kidney disorders (even if alcohol is not allowed). These drops stimulate a sluggish intestine and dispel dizziness and lameness. For all illnesses, they are most beneficial, even for cancer.

Swedish Bitters awaken vitality and strengthen the life force so needed in our time. Preserve through them your health, strength and joy for your family, work and fellow man.

Swedish Bitters heal gall bladder attacks

As I do every year, I was following treatment in a Kneipp Spa in Mühllacken, when the head nurse came into my room with a woman doubled up with pain. She suffered from gallbladder attacks and the doctor had advised her to have an operation.

I applied Swedish Bitters as a poultice on the gallbladder area (first Calendula ointment or lard [any neutral fat should do such as coconut fat] has to be applied, otherwise the alcohol will dry out the skin, then a piece of cotton wool is moistened with Swedish Bitters and applied to the painful area; this is covered with some dry cotton wool and a piece of plastic to keep it warm. Everything is now bandaged with a piece of cloth).

I was just about to pull up her girdle when she sat up with a cry, "The pain is gone!” She continued to apply the compresses and started taking the Swedish Bitters as drops, internally, 3 times a day, one teaspoonful in a little water or tea. The attacks never recurred.

Swedish Bitters externally applied: hearing restored

For years I looked after a woman who was all alone. Communication with her was somewhat difficult, since she was hard of hearing. In the Old Manuscript it says, "They bring back lost hearing." Therefore she had to moisten the acoustic duct frequently with Swedish Bitters.

The index finger, moistened with Swedish Bitters, is put into the ear. Do not forget to put a drop of oil into the ear from time to time, to avoid itching. At the same time this woman moistened her temples, her forehead and the area around the eyes. Now we can communicate normally and her face has a much fresher look.

One day, as she was getting out of the bus, a car knocked her down and she fell on her face. Again Swedish Bitters helped her blue-red face to recover its normal color. On February 1st, she celebrated her 89th birthday.

How often people who come to my talks have told me that they are able to hear again and have packed away their hearing aid thanks to Swedish Bitters.

A lady from Burgenland, Austria, told me that her 23-year-old niece had an auditory defect since birth. She had been told that in her case surgery would be to no avail. This lady then asked her niece to try Swedish Bitters. They were very surprised when, 14 days later, the niece was able to hear normally.

A gentleman from Bavaria reports: "Through an accident I injured my right arm. Swedish Bitters soon alleviated the terrible pain. After almost 10 years of deafness in one ear, I was able to hear the ticking of the alarm clock again. Only twice did I put Swedish Bitters into my ear." How many deaf people could be helped this way! Even if only a single one could get back his hearing.

My dear readers, I do not want to withhold a letter from Graz, Styria, from you: "By chance or maybe providence, I had a talk with a 74-year-old man in the bus. This man got back his hearing which he had lost during the war where he received head and brain injuries. Only 3 times had he put a piece of cotton wool moistened with Swedish Bitters into his ears." (These accounts can all be proven by the original letters received.)

Swedish Bitters and pain relief

Wherever there is pain, Swedish Bitters is always beneficial, taken internally as drops, applied as a compress or used as a rub or massage. These drops relieve pain internally or externally, anywhere in the body, because the blood supply to the affected area is increased.

Therefore it is appropriate to apply Swedish Bitters as a poultice to the back of the head of people who suffer from epileptic fits. The cause of these attacks often lies back in the past; maybe a fall on the head or a shock in childhood.

During one of my talks, a man came up to me and told me that he had suffered a double fracture of the base of his skull in a very bad car accident. After the injury had healed, he started to have several epileptic fits a day.

I recommended Swedish Bitters applied as a compress to the back of the head, and 4 cups of stinging nettle tea, to which 2 tablespoons of Swedish Bitters were added, daily. Stinging nettle tea is necessary for severe epileptic fits. Several months later, he passed by my house to tell me that the fits had stopped.

Also compare Maria Treben on the stinging nettle as a medicinal plant, Stinging nettle (urtica dioica) cure testimonials and Stinging nettle: scientific research studies show wide-ranging therapeutic potential.

For acute attacks of pain, 1 tablespoon is taken in a little water or tea. If 1 teaspoonful in a little water is taken 3 times a day, morning, noon and evening, good health will be maintained into old age.

Swedish Bitters for the brain, memory etc.

Meningitis, head injuries caused by a fall or a blow, stuttering and speech disorders are treated effectively with Swedish Bitters applied as a poultice to the back of the head. These compresses are also beneficial for bursitis. I have to emphasize again that for all serious illnesses a doctor has to be consulted first!

A piece of cotton wool moistened with Swedish Bitters, put in the ear, will clear up buzzing and ringing [tinnitus]. If the base of the skull [other possible translation: part of the head where the hair forms a whorl] is moistened, it will strengthen the memory.

Swedish Bitters for eye conditions

From the many letters I have received, I have learnt that Swedish Bitters applied as a poultice to the eyes has been effective in cases of detached retina and porous retina. All these people were going blind. These compresses are applied to the closed eye and left on for an hour. Healthy eyes, especially if strained, can profit too, if Swedish Bitters is brushed with the index finger along the lid to the corner of the eye. This way good eyesight can be enjoyed well into old age.

Swedish Bitters, colds and flu

For a cold, with all its accompanying symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue, pressure in the head and a heavy feeling in the stomach, a cotton ball is moistened with Swedish Bitters and held under the nose, while breathing in deeply. Immediately the head feels lighter.

If the cold has already affected the bronchial tubes, the moistened cotton ball is held in front of the open mouth and breathing in is done with the mouth. Here, too, relief will be felt. During times of influenza, 1 teaspoon, sometimes 1 tablespoon, diluted with a little water is taken daily. In this way one is protected from the influenza.

Swedish Bitters and inflammation

During a visit at a farm I heard that the 12-year-old son was to have an operation. Pus had formed behind the eardrum due to inflammation. I was against surgery since sometimes, in similar cases, it has lead to deafness. A small piece of cotton wool moistened with Swedish Bitters was put in the boy's ear. A lot of pus was discharged daily, the pain subsided and an operation became unnecessary.

Swedish Bitters and cancer

For intestinal cancer — I recommended poultices applied to the area of the intestines to a young mother of five that the doctor had given only a few days to live; at the same time Calamus roots to be steeped in cold water overnight (1 level teaspoon per cup of water) of which she had to take 1 sip before and after each meal; plus a tea made from equal portions of Stinging Nettle, Calendula and Yarrow. At least 2 litres [approx. 2 quarts] of this tea had to be sipped throughout the day.

Today this woman is so much better that there is hope of a complete recovery.

A woman from Heilbronn/West Germany wrote, "About 10 months ago, my 41-year-old nephew who lives in Sacramento, California, wrote in his letter that he suffers from daily bleeding from the colon and the medical diagnosis is doubtless colon cancer. A side opening [stoma after colostomy] would be necessary. I sent him your book 'Health through God's Pharmacy,' Swedish Bitters, Calamus roots, Calendula, Yarrow and Stinging Nettle.

He followed the instructions in your book. Today my nephew is able to work again. After taking the mentioned herbs for four days the bleeding stopped. Tiredness and loss of weight were slowly arrested.”

Swedish Bitters and asthma

A 52-year-old man treated for 10 years for cardiac asthma had to take 8 tablets daily. For years he could only sleep sitting up, and at every step he took, he had to throw up his arms to get some air.

I was of the opinion that this was caused not by the heart but by the liver. I applied Swedish Bitters as a compress to the area of the liver. He had to drink 1 cup of Common Club Moss tea, to which a teaspoon of Swedish Bitters had been added, in the morning and the same in the evening, daily.

How right I was showed the first night when he was able to sleep lying down. Swedish Bitters and Common Club Moss tea brought about a good and swift improvement, so that three days later, he who had not stepped out of his house for years was able to walk around his little garden twice during the day. Slowly he is recovering.

Swedish Bitters achieve near-instant wound healing

A wound which would not heal after an operation closed overnight, after the patient had taken a large sip from the Swedish Bitters bottle. This single sip caused the wound to close which had been open for three years and had to be dressed several times a day.

Swedish Bitters: muscular atrophy and muscular disorders

After one of my talks I learned from a listener that she had been suffering from a weak anus muscle since two years. The doctor said it was irreparable. Swedish Bitters together with Shepherd's Purse, finely cut, macerated in rye whiskey or vodka and kept in a warm place for 10 days, heals muscular atrophy and serious muscular disorders; in her case four cups of Lady's Mantle tea and six sips of Calamus root tea a day remedied it.

Swedish Bitters and renal colic

Several years ago I suffered from a renal colic. The doctor came in the middle of his surgery hours. I had applied Swedish Bitters as a compress on the kidney region while waiting for him and when he arrived, the pain had subsided. I was quite shamefaced because I had wasted his valuable time.

He wanted to know why the pain had subsided so quickly. When he heard that I had applied a poultice, he said, "Excellent, I don't have to give you an injection!".

Swedish Bitters had his approval. Whenever I came to his surgery he would say, "I won't prescribe you anything, you have Swedish Bitters." It was he who had brought me closer to herbs.

Swedish Bitters: arthritis healed

An elderly lady came to see me. For years she could only walk with a stick, since arthritis had crippled her; nothing had helped and she couldn't take it any longer. 1 teaspoon of Swedish Bitters in Stinging Nettle and Horsetail tea, taken 3 times a day, made a difference, and 3 weeks later I heard she was able to walk without a stick.

Swedish Bitters and injuries

A member of our small church choir injured her knee while ice-skating. Since it was a small choir, she was missed badly. After church I met her in town. It was impossible for her to mount the steep staircase up to the choir. A few moments later I was at her place with the things required for a compress.

As a doctor's wife, she looked at my doings with a skeptical eye. This changed when she was able to bend her knee a few minutes later, and the next day she was able to mount the staircase.

Unfortunately another member was missing due to an ankle she had sprained while enjoying our so healthy winter sport. We knew that she already was at the casualty ward. Now the lady who only the day before had had a stiff knee asked me to go and put the compress on the sprained ankle.

I was reluctant to do it because the woman had been treated at the hospital, but thinking I might find myself singing on my own, I changed my mind. I found her lying on the couch with a very swollen, painful ankle.

In the hospital she had been told just to keep her foot raised. Swedish Bitters applied as a compress brought her immediately some relief. The next day she came to the choir, although the roads were covered with ice. She was without pain, and her ankle was normal.

In a telephone call from Vienna I heard a female voice say, "Thank you so much for Swedish Bitters:' When 12 years old, during a school hike in the mountains, this woman was inadvertently hit in the face by the girl in front of her with her climbing boot.

Hence, for 40 years, off and on, she had suffered from a festering jaw and had undergone 16 operations and several punctures. She had to break off her studies, was unable to take up the profession she wanted. Plagued by serious pain, she looked after a household. When 52 years old she finally read about Swedish Bitters, applied it as a compress on the jaw and finally was freed from all pain.

Swedish Bitters: gastritis and pancreatic disorders

One day in a restaurant I saw a man who was in obvious pain. I got out my Swedish Bitters and gave him a tablespoonful in a little lukewarm water. Color came back to his face and he couldn't believe it when the pain subsided.

6 months later I returned to the same place, I had already forgotten the incident, when a gentleman came up and thanked me profusely. He looked years younger. With the help of Swedish Bitters he had lost all complaints which acute gastritis and a pancreatic disorder had caused him.

Since Swedish Bitters clear up disorders of the pancreas, they are most beneficial for diabetes.[3]

More Swedish Bitters applications

Skin conditions

Warts, liver spots, corns, moles, hemorrhoids, even birthmarks and seborrhoea will disappear if they are moistened repeatedly with Swedish Bitters.

Phlebitis and thrombosis

For phlebitis and thrombosis, Calendula ointment is smeared thickly on the affected areas and then Swedish Bitters, as a compress, are applied. When healed, Stinging Nettle foot baths are taken to improve the circulation.

When travelling

Since Swedish Bitters is such a wonderful remedy, no medicine chest in the house should be without it. Poured into small bottles, it can be taken along on trips. Often away from home, the food is disappointing and the need arises to stimulate digestion and to shake off weariness and tiredness.

In these cases, Swedish Bitters is a true "elixir". A sip, watered down, is taken internally and, externally, some drops are brushed on temples, forehead, eyes and the area behind the ears. In no time the beneficial effect is felt.

How about Swedish Bitters’ alcohol content?

Again and again I receive inquiries if Swedish Bitters can be used when alcohol is prohibited. According to credible laboratory tests, the herbs "drown" the alcohol and are considered as medicine. Therefore they can be taken without detriment. In such cases, first of all commence with 1 teaspoon a day, and a compress should be applied to the kidney and liver area.

[In fact, according to point 45 of the Old Manuscript featured below, “a drunk can be sober on the spot with 2 tablespoonfuls”.]


(Transcript of the Swedish Bitters' curative power)

1. If they are frequently breathed in or sniffed, the base of the skull [other possible translation: part of the head where the hair forms a whorl] 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 pain, even if the eyes are inflamed. They 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. 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 the drops and healing soon occurs.

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 throat.

7. For stomach cramps, 1 tablespoonful is taken.

8. For colic, 3 tablespoonsful are taken slowly, one after the other, and relief will soon be felt.

9. They rid the body of wind (gas) and cool the liver, eliminate all troubles of the intestines and stomach and help constipation.

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 [edema] 1 tablespoonful in white wine is taken in the morning and evening for 6 weeks.

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 for 3 days, half an hour later a walk is taken, then breakfast, but 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 milk 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 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 pustulas 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, heal the kidneys, rid the body of all unnecessary liquids without further treatment, take 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. Externally a cotton ball moistened with the drops is applied. It makes the remaining blood flow and relieves the burning.

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 time.

24. For consumption take them daily in the morning on an empty stomach and continue the treatment for 6 weeks.

25. If the menstrual flow ceases for a woman or it is too heavy, she takes these drops 3 days and repeats it 20 times. They will, what is too much, lessen and what is too little, even out.

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 the 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 erysipelas.

30. If someone has fever, be it hot or cold, and is very weak, he is given 1 tablespoonful 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 wilt soon be better.

31. The drops also heal cancer, old pock marks, warts and chapped hands. If the wound is old or 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 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, as old as they 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 bruises, be they caused by a blow or a fall.

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 morning. They cleanse the blood, form new blood and promote circulation.

39. Rheumatic pains in the limbs are eased 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 throat.

44. He who cannot sleep at night takes these drops before going to bed. For nervous sleeplessness a piece of cloth moistened with diluted drops is laid upon the heart.

45. A drunk can be sober on the spot with 2 tablespoonfuls.

46. He who takes these drops morning and evening 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 illness. The body stays supple, the face young and beautiful.

Important: All stated amounts of Swedish Bitters should be diluted with herb tea or water.

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 other treatment.

Purchasing Swedish Bitters

Be aware that there are a number of "fantasy" versions of Swedish Bitters on offer which can contain as little as just two of the below-listed eleven "must-have" ingredients. These formulae may be as effective as the one recommended by Maria Treben, or they may not.

If you want to be sure to get the authentic formula as promoted and found effective by Treben, carefully read labels or look for words such as "original", "authentic", "Original Schwedenkrauter (Maria Treben Swedish Herb Mixture)", "Maria Treben's Authentic Swedish Bitters" [Amazon partner link — commissions earned — a no-extra-cost way of supporting my work on this site, also see further below], etc.

Swedish herbs can be bought as dry herbs or as a readymade tincture. The tincture can be homemade by steeping the herbs in strong alcohol for two weeks or longer.

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1 The ingredients of the Swedish Bitters formula comprise 10g aloe (Gentian root or wormwood powder may be substituted for aloe), 5g myrrh, 0.2g saffron, 10g senna leaves, 10g rhubarb roots, 10g manna, 10g angelica roots, 10g zedoary roots, 10g theriac venezian, 5g carline thistle root, 10g natural camphor.

Compare the caveat re "counterfeit" Swedish Bitters under "Purchasing Swedish Bitters" above. (Incidentally, aloe is also found in this powerful Native cancer therapy & prevention formula.)

2 After the end of the second world war, some 14 million Germans were forced by the victorious Allies to leave their ancestral homes and possessions in the former Eastern German territories. Around two million of them did not survive the flight, falling victim to starvation, disease (including typhus) and massacres. (There was a total of 12 million German civilians killed during and after World War II.) Maria Treben was one of the Germans who were lucky enough to survive.

3 Father Romano Zago writes in his book "Aloe Isn't Medicine, and Yet . . . It Cures!" that even insulin-dependent diabetes of many years standing has been cured using this native aloe/honey formula (or a slight variation thereof).

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