Swedish bitters

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Swedish bitters is a Bitter and a traditional herbal tonic,[citation needed] said to have been formulated in a similar way by Paracelsus and rediscovered by 18th century Swedish medics Dr. Klaus Samst and Dr. Urban Hjärne.[1] In modern times Swedish bitters has been popularised by Maria Treben, an Austrian herbalist.[1] The tonic is claimed to cure a large number of ailments and help digestion. However, these claims are presented with little in the way of scientific evidence to support them.

The alcoholic Swedish bitters is reported as having a similar flavour to Angostura bitters, though perhaps a little drier. Nowadays is more common to prepare Swedish bitters from a dry herbs mixture [2]


The following herbs are added to alcohol to make Swedish Bitters:

There are variations on this recipe and herbal shops supply alcoholic[3] and non-alcoholic versions of the drink.


  1. ^ a b Origin of Swedish bitters "Herkunft des Schwedenbitters", german.
  2. ^ Swedish bitters mixture "Zioła szwedzkie", polish.
  3. ^ Ingredients of the original Swedish bitters ″Zusammensetzung des Original Schwedenbitters″, german.