What The Heck Are Swedish Bitters & Why Are They Important For Good Digestion & Liver Health


Swift Naturals Swedish Bitters Extract: A Blood Cleanser, Detoxifier, Digestive Enhancer and Liver Tonic Rolled Into One.

The Swedish Bitters original formula is believed to go back to ancient Babylon and Egypt, but was first attributed to Paracelsus, a Swiss Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer and general occultist.

The recipe then circulated throughout the Middle Ages until the 18th Century, when Jonathan Samst a Swedish doctor blended the mixture of herbs that we now know as Swedish Bitters.

The recipe for the Swedish bitter elixir was subsequently abandoned until the 20th century, when the Austrian botanist Maria Treben reintroduced it.

She used traditional German/Eastern European remedies handed down by previous generations to treat a broad range of conditions from constipation to psoriasis to diabetes and insomnia.

She concocted her own recipes as well as traditional healing remedies like Swedish Bitters that she considered a healing panacea.

The Swedish elixir is a mixture of 11 herbs with Angelica root being the most important component. Others include Aloe (can be substituted with Wormwood), myrrh, saffron, senna leaves, camphor, rhubarb roots, manna, theriac venezian, carline thistle roots and zedoary roots.

Benefits of the Swedish Bitters elixir:

  • Promotes biliary, pancreatic and gastric secretion

  • Disinfects intestinal tract

  • Soothes digestive tract

  • Relieves bloating, flatulence, gas, cramps and nausea

  • Encourages toxin elimination

  • Tonifies and regenerates

  • Gentle laxative

  • Restores natural acid balance in the stomach

  • Purifies, disinfects and stimulates circulation

  • When used externally, it alleviates inflammations of all kinds if applied to spots, wounds, bruises, scars and contusions

  • Stimulates liver function

Good liver function is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. Our life depends on our liver functioning optimally. A poorly functioning liver causes sluggish digestion manifesting in flatulence and bloating.

In Eastern Europe, bitters are taken in a shot glass before or after meals to stimulate digestion, settle the stomach before eating and neutralise the damages of alcohol.

After a heavy meal, Swedish Bitters elixir can be quite helpful against indigestion, as well as to relieve bloating and gas.

The primary function of Swedish bitters is to help with digestive complaints like bloating, flatulence, sluggish digestion and constipation. Bitters are an important class of botanicals that help support efficient digestive, assimilative, and eliminative functions.

They stimulate the flow of bile from the liver, which in turn stimulates intestinal peristalsis and promotes nutrient absorption. By enhancing digestion, Swedish bitters are a great help in cases of bloating, flatulence and gas.

Taking Swedish Bitters

Choose Swift Naturals Swedish Bitters Extract. Take 1 teaspoon in the morning on an empty stomach in a small glass of water and 1 in the evening after dinner. If this causes diarrhoea, reduce to 1 teaspoon per day, and then gradually increase to 2.

Caution: Swedish bitters elixir, as the name indicates, is very bitter. If the taste is unbearable, you can dilute it in a warm herbal tea infusion or with fruit juice, but ideally, it's best taken alone.

Side-effects: Keeping strictly to the recommended dose is unlikely to produce any side effects. Not recommended for pregnant women, children under 12 and in the case of ulcer. Do not use if you experience abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, or if you have or develop diarrhoea.

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