Maria Treben tells us of the Small Swedish Bitters
Maria Treben tells us of the Small Swedish Bitters:
Small Swedish Bitters
10 grams Aloe
5 grams Myrrh.
2 grams Saffron
10 gram Senna leaves
10 grams Camphor
10 grams Rhubarb roots
10 grams Zedoary roots (turmeric)
10 grams Manna
10 grams Theriac Venezian
5 grams carline Thistle roots
10 grams Angelica root
(instead of aloe gentian root or Wormwood powder may be used only natural camphor should be used)
This mixture is put into a wide necked two liter bottle and one half a liter of 38 to 40% rye or fruit spirit or 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 put into small bottles well stoppered and stored in a 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 left in the bottle into a required.
This recipe was found among the writings of the well known Swedish physician rector of medicine doctor Samst. He died in his 104th year in a riding accident. His parents and grandparents all reached a patriarch old age.
It sounds almost like a fairy story, but it is true. As a refugee from the 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 obstruction of the intestines. I spent more than six 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 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 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 round, 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 a quote "old manuscript” in which was explained, in 46 points, how these drops heal every illness. The recipe came from the writings of a well known Swedish physician. As stated, all members of his family had reached an unusual 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 the doctor could not even help me. Soon I changed my mind. As I sat in front of a large basket of 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 externally 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 period 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 had on the whole day, all complaints at the preceding months disappeared, never to return.
When my son was six years old, he was attacked by an Alsatian and terribly mauled in the face. Dark red scars covered his face from the nose upward. In the old manuscript point 33 states that "this tincture takes away all scars, wounds and cuts, even if very old, if moistened up to 40 times". Therefore our son scars were now moistened daily. Very soon they disappeared, even the ones deep in the nose.
With these experiences I came to our town in 1953. During a visit to a farmhouse I met the farmer's wife, a mother of two small children, milking the cows. Instead of a word of greeting she said: "if you stood me against the wall I would let you shoot me.” For weeks she had suffered from terrible headaches and she was supposed to go for X rays. The same evening I sent my son with a small bottle Swedish bitters to her, so that she might find relief, at least for the night. How surprised I was when at 7:00 o'clock in the morning, the farmer came to me saying "What did you send my wife? Within a short time, after applying it to the head the headaches had gone. And in the morning two dark brown clots of the thickness of a little finger came down her throat.” This woman swears by a Swedish bitters even today and was able to help her little daughter who suffered from pneumonia years ago. Never is she without this household remedy
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