Swedish bitters is a traditional herbal tonic, said to have been formulated originally by Paracelsus and rediscovered by 18th century Swedish medics Dr. Claus Samst and Dr. Urban Hjärne. In modern times Swedish bitters has been popularised by Maria Treben, an Austrian herbalist. 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.
One published recipe uses the following ingredients:- aloe, myrrh, saffron, senna leaves, camphor, angelica root, zedvoary root, manna, theriac venezian, carline thistle root and rhubarb root.
There are variations on this recipe and herbal shops supply alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of the drink. The alcoholic Swedish bitters is reported as having a similar flavour to Angostura bitters, though perhaps a little drier.
- aloe (active ingredient)
- water extract of the following herbs:
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