Many people argue that the recipe of the Swedish bitters has been discovered right after the death of the famous Swedish doctor Klaus Samst, with his signature on it. He died at 104 years of age, when he fell from his horse while riding. Swedish bitters is a healing tincture that increases the production of the digestive enzymes, such as hydrochloric acid, and therefore improves digestion. Here’s an easy way how to prepare it at home.

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How To Make Original Swedish Bitters At Home

For the preparation, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 10 g of aloe powder (you can also use gentian root powder or wormwood)
  • 5 g of myrrh
  • 2 g of saffron
  • 10 g of senna leaf
  • 10 g of camphor (only natural camphor)
  • 10 g of rhubarb root
  • 10 g of turmeric root
  • 10 g of coriander (grain)
  • 10 g of theriac venetian
  • 5 g of thistle root
  • 10 g of angelica root


Put the medicinal plants into a 2-liter bottle, with a wide spout. Add 1.5 liters of fruit brandy. If you have homemade brandy, with 38 to 40% alcohol, even better. Leave the mixture for 14 days, exposed to direct sun or some other source of heat. Shake the bottle every day, so that the ingredients combine and infuse. In the end, strain the liquid and transfer it into small bottles. Close the bottles airtight, and keep them in the fridge.

When refrigerated, the Swedish bitters can last for many years. The longer you let it sit, the better healing properties it’ll have. Every once and a while, shake the bottles. Also, shake the tincture before every use!

The Health Benefits Of Swedish Bitters
  • Promotes digestion
  • Soothes sore throat
  • Helps with skin inflammations, if applied topically on insect bites, bruises and wounds
  • Reinstates normal pH in the gut
  • Acts as a toothache relief
  • Eases headaches

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