Small Swedish Bitters by Maria Treben 11 herbs, 90.2 gr

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Small Swedish Bitters / Bitterer Schwedentropfen / Maria Treben – 11 ingredients mix. Weight 90.2 grams (3.18 Ounces)

Product Benefits: Helps to improve digestion.

Country of Origin: Germany and Austria. 

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Product Description

Small Swedish Bitters / Bitterer Schwedentropfen / Maria Treben – 11 herbs/ingredients combination. Weight 90.2 grams (3.18 Ounces)

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About Swedish Bitters

The most known story for the use and discovery of the Swedish Bitters tells that in the 16th century one Swiss physician named Phillipus Paracelsus discovered Swedish Bitters herbs and its ability to aid digestion.  

There are two types of traditionally known Swedish Bitters on the market:

Big Swedish Bitters – the recipe has 22 herbs/ingredients.

Small Swedish Bitters – the recipe has 11 herbs.  

Some studies reported by the World Health Organization say that in Ghana tonic made from Swedish Bitters herbs can treat Buruli ulcers and had an effect against 13 out of 13 microorganisms including staph, strep and candida. You need to always consult your doctor before taking any Swedish Bitters. Swedish Bitters can have negative side effects and may interfere with the medications you are using. Click here to read more on things to know about Swedish Bitters side effects.

The Small Swedish Bitters recipe mix has a composition of 11 ingredients/herbs in its collection.

Here is the list of the herbs/ingredients used in a Small Swedish Bitters:

Wermut (Artemisіa absinthium) – wormwood. It improves the function of the gastrointestinal tract. Helps with gastritis, diseases of the bladder, liver, kidneys. It helps with insomnia, rheumatism, headaches, diarrhea, colitis. Also it helps with bad breath.

Angelikawurzel (Archangelica officinalis Hoffm) – angelica. It is used in the treatment of intestinal diseases, colic in the stomach and intestines, loss of appetite, gastritis, diarrhea, flatulence. Can be used in alternative medicine as a tonic, sedative. Can also help with insomnia.

Manna – dried sap from the trunk of ash mannogo. It has laxative properties. Can be helpful to relieve symptoms experienced during constipation.

Zitwerwurzel (Curcuma zedoaria) – turmeric. It is a very common herb in oriental medicine. It is used for blood cleanse, to improve blood circulation, can help to reduce colic in the stomach. Can be used to reduce the level of leukocytes in the blood as a result of medical procedures. Used to cleanse the body in whole. About three thousand years ago in India, turmeric was used to treat obesity. It has the properties of suppressing the accumulation of body fat in the body, can also lower cholesterol if used consistently.

Sennesblatter (senna leaf). It is widely used to remove toxins and harmful waste products from the organs of the human body. It helps with bowel obstruction. It relieves the symptoms of constipation.

Rhabarberwurzel – rhubarb root. Copes with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, cleanses the body of toxins, can help during constipation.

Eberwurzel (Carlina acaulis) – kolyuchnik acaulescent. It has a pronounced and mild antispasmodic, antipyretic, diuretic, carminative properties. If used in high doses can be emetic and purgative. The use is very common in folk medicine for chronic bronchitis, dropsy. It is used in the form of tea. In the form of compresses can be used for acne, dermatological disorders, eczema. It is an excellent antiseptic. In some European countries being used to treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

Myrre – Myrrh (resin) an aromatic resin. The essential oil of myrrh tree has strong antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-viral properties. Being used if suffering from sleep disorders or depression. Widely used in dermatology and cosmetology as an agent for treatment and prevention of fungal diseases, alopecia, dermatitis. Its essential oil improves blood circulation, reduces rehabilitation after injuries, serious illnesses and surgical interventions. It also has painkiller properties.

Natur-Kampfer – natural camphor. Its made from resin or camphor laurel wood (Indonesia, China or Japan). The main function – to improve cardiac function. It strengthens the heart muscle, improves metabolism, increases the sensitivity of “the sympathetic nerves.” It improves the microcirculation.

Safran – saffron. It has a soothing, calming properties. It helps with flatulence: helps to excess gas from the stomach and intestines, and improves appetite.

Theriak – Theriak venezian (o. Meereszwiebel). Developed remedy, which was used in the Middle Ages as a universal remedy for many diseases and ailments.  

Instruction on HOW TO MAKE alcohol based Small Swedish Bitters:

  1. Place the dry herbal Swedish Bitters content into a glass container and pour 1.4 liters (47 fluid ounce) of vodka with 38% to 40% alcohol.
  2. Store it from 2 (two) to 3 (three) weeks in warm and dark place. Shake or stir the Swedish Bitters Mix content daily. Once Swedish Bitters balm is ready, strain and store the Swedish Bitters infusion in the refrigerator.
  3. Some say that Shelf life of the Swedish Bitters is up to 3 years, others say that the shelf life of the Swedish Bitters mix is unlimited and the longer it’s stored – the better it gets.

Video how to make big swedish bitters:

INSTRUCTION ON How to Make Swedish Bitters TEA Tonic:

For those who is intolerant to alcohol, there is an alternative way, you can make Swedish Bitters Tea tonic. The process of making a Swedish Bitters tea is a very similar way of how you would make a tea.

Here are some tips how to make a perfect Swedish Bitters Tea:

  1. Bring a fresh cold water to a boil in a kettle
  2. When water is at a gentle boil, remove from heat and pour hot water into a teapot. Add 1 to 3 tablespoons of Swedish Bitters herbs for each one cup (235 ml / 8 fl oz) of water and stir.
  3. Allow Swedish Bitters Tea to cool down to the proper temperature, strain into another teapot and store in the refrigerator after it cools.
  4. Take from 2 to 4 teaspoons of Swedish Bitters Tea 30 minutes before each meal.

Video how to make Swedish bitters tea from Big Swedish Bitters herbs combination:

More important tips on Swedish Bitters Tea making:


For the best result, it’s important to use fresh purified or spring water. Try to avoid using distilled water. Since distilled water lacks minerals it will have the Swedish Bitters tea tasting even more unpleasant. Avoid using pre-heated water from the faucet, this kind of water typically gets overheated and has very little to no oxygen, as well it will usually pick up harmful substances from the water pipes.

Water Temperature

Having the right water temperature is very important when making good Swedish Bitters tea. Bring the water to a gentle boil, the water should be heated until we see the steady stream of air bubbles rise to the top of the surface.

Duration OF Infusion
Generally, Swedish Bitters herbs need to be brewed for about 20 minutes, or until the water cools down to a slightly warm temperature, and then strain the Swedish Bitters Tea. 
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  1. 5 out of 5

    Had a chance of using Small Swedish Bitters. Seem to have a good healing properties, very alike with the Big Swedish Bitters that has 22 herbs.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Great product! I am from Germany, and have been using it for 10-15 years.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Can I use it if I’m gluten free? Thank you

    • Individual herbs and spices do not usually contain gluten, but our Swedish Bitters was not tested for Gluten.

  4. 5 out of 5

    I’ve been using Swedish bitter with 11 herbs by Maria Treben recipe, for the pain in my broken leg. Results are amazing. My question is for how long can I use the Swedish bitter on daily basis? Do I need to make a break after 1 month?

    • Dear Monica,

      If you are using Swedish Bitters internally, it’s better if you take a one month break every 2 month. If you are using it externally, there is no limit how ofter you are using it, just make sure not to burn your skin.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Where do I get the Big Swedish Bitter please?

  6. 5 out of 5

    In Maria Treben’s book it says to let it stand 14 days in the sun or in warmth, in your description it should be in warm and dark place, and in the video in a dark cool place so I’m a bit confused, I live in a sunny warm place so I thought I could let it stand in the back yard when I read the book, now I’m not sure anymore. I’d appreciate a clarification.

    • Dear Rivka,

      We have done studies and some herbs can loose some of it’s strengths if they sit on direct sunlight or in a hot environment. Therefore we suggest to keep them in a warm and dark place like kitchen cabinet.

  7. 5 out of 5

    What is the recommeded dose for taking the alcohol based solution?
    Does it need to be before every meal or can it be once a day, increased dose?
    Thank you.

    • Hello, it all depends on the health issues you have. If there are digestion issues, it’s good to take Swedish Bitters 30 minutes before each meal. Always consult your doctor especially if you are using any medications.

  8. 5 out of 5

    I am interested in the Small Swedish Bitter but see that some brands have different compositions (ingredients) even though they call it Maria Treben’s recipe.
    Most often I find that they list different group of ingredients under the name “Venetian Theriac”.
    Can you please let me know what did Maria Treben originally use under that name? And does your product (small swedish bitter) have the same composition as what she used?

    Unless I know what the proper ingredients of “Venetian Theriac” are I can’t properly evaluate which products are made properly according to her recipe. I travel a lot and each country has its own version of “Maria Trebens swedish bitter”.

    Thanks for any clarification you can offer to help me out of this confusion :-).

    Love and light,

    • Dear Luci, here is the Maria Trebens recipe from her “Health Through God’s Pharmacy” book for the small swedish bitters:

      Here is the original 11 ingredient formula:
      Aloe*, Myrrh, Saffron, Senna leaves, Camphor**, Rhubarb roots,
      Manna, Theriac, venezian, Carline Thistle roots, Angelica roots,
      Zedoary roots

      * Instead of Aloe, Genetian root or Wormwood powder may be used.
      ** Only natural Camphor should be used.

      This is the exact recipe that we carry.

  9. 5 out of 5

    I heard about Sweden bitter ever since I was 6 years old and l struggle with my thyroid so hard so now l wonder Sweden bitter would be helpful for thyroid disease

    • Dear Nancy,

      One of the digestive secretions supported by Swedish Bitters herbs is hydrochloric acid, which is important for the breakdown and absorption of nutrients. Most common deficiencies when hydrochloric acid is insufficient include iron and vitamin B12. Iron is used by the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormone, having insufficient hydrochloric acid can lead to thyroid dysfunction. When food is not properly broken down and digested, thyroid function can be compromised.

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I have the book of Maria Treben, it says that you should keep the sealed container in a warm place or in the sun for at least 2 weeks, shaking it vigorously every day. For everyday use you can strain off some of the tincture into small bottles, which should be kept in a cool dry place. The longer Swedish Bitters are left to stand, the more potent they become. So this last sentence means that you can leave the herbs in the alcohol passed the first 2 weeks and for as long as you want, right, straining only a little amount for daily use? Is the container with herbs and alcohol kept in a warm place until you have used it all up? should we continue to shake it daily till the end?

    • Dear Ilda, it’s recommended by herbalists, to keep herbs in the alcohol only for 20-30 days, and then strain.

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