During the 18th century, Swedish doctors Claus Samst and Urban Hjärne of the Stockholm School of Medicine, researched and experimented with the original formula of the so-called "Paracelso Elixir". Maria Treben, an Austrian herbalist, rediscovered the product at the beginning of the 20th century, when it had fallen into disuse, displaced by the incipient pharmacopoeia.
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Maria Treben published, among others, a book called Health in the Lord's Pharmacy, in which the process of the formula's production is detailed. Swedish Bitters is a product rich in bitter herbs, macerated in alcohol the with addition of medicinal plants, Chinese camphor and Theriaca magna. Theriaca or Triaca, is a well-known electuary used in pharmacy since the second century BC. It was used until the eighteenth century, its preparation was very complex and pharmacists from all over Europe rivalled to come up with the best composition.
Swedish Bitters is recommended as a tonic, it is digestive and depurative, and for seasonal springtime cures. It is laxative, especially when it contains Aloe, but not all Swedish Bitters on the market incorporate this plant. Some replace it with less energetic ones. It has many other internal and external applications, which make it a very useful traditional remedy.
It keeps very well and does not lose effectiveness over time. People with problems or who are weak, and especially those with cardio-circulatory disorders should consult their doctor before using.
Extract in glass bottle 700 ml
Swedish Bitters have a strong bitter taste, therefore it is advisable to dilute it in an infusion, water or juice. The recommended dose in adults is one teaspoon or 25 drops three times a day, preferably after meals. In children, doses of two to four drops per year of age are recommended.
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