Bitter-tasting herbs were once an important part of Native American, European and Chinese diets. Medicines made from bitter herbs, such as Swedish Bitters, are used as digestives and are beneficial for the intestinal tract.
Swedish Bitters is named after the 18th century Swedish physician Dr Samst and for its bitter taste. Today it is one of the world's most respected, traditionally-used health tonics.
When I first came across the original recipe for Swedish Bitters in an old German manuscript, I was so impressed that I decided to introduce it to an eager Australian market. Now, after two decades as Australia's leading herbal tonic, I am very proud to say that Swedish Bitters is the 'mother of all herbal tonics' and should be part of everybody's daily health routine. I have personally seen the effectiveness of my Swedish Bitters and have received countless testimonials from people who have discovered the benefits of this health-giving elixir.
Once you begin to use Swedish Bitters in your own household, you will soon discover just how versatile it is. It has been enjoyed by many cultures for hundreds of years and is "a must" for every medicine cabinet.
Take this bitter tonic to stimulate digestion, appetite, bile flow - and maintain healthy digestive function.
Aloe, senna and rhubarb in this product helps maintain regularity with their scientifically-proven laxative action.
Directions of use
Take 10 to 20 mL of Swedish Bitters in 100 mL of water/juice/herb tea 30 minutes before meals to relieve indigestion symptoms such as heartburn, abdominal discomfort and flatulence (ideal after a rich heavy meal).
Contains black cohosh, clincally-proven to relieve premenstrual discomfort and menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and mood swings (take 21 mL twice daily in 100 mL water/juice/herb tea) .
Soak a piece of gauze in undiluted Swedish Bitters for the healing/repair of skin and to relieve insect bites, swellings and inflamed joints (apply for 2-4 hours and cover with bandage).
Apply to forehead or back of head/neck for 15 minutes for the temporary relief of headaches.
For the relief of a sore throat or toothache (add 60 mL Swedish Bitters to 250 mL of lukewarm water).
About Hilde Hemmes Herbal Supplies
The Hilde Hemmes' manufacturing plant, Herbal Supplies Pty Ltd, is a family-owned company. It is Australia's leading therapeutic herbal tea manufacturer, taking pride in being independent, competitive, flexible and fully-integrated, yet able to meet consumer requirements. Hilde and her family's commitment to herbalism is still as strong as it was when the company was founded in 1985.
Born from a background and knowledge in herbs, Hilde Hemmes is the creative and inspirational energy behind the company. She made a significant contribution to the Australian herbal industry as a pioneer of Swedish Bitters (a multi-purpose tonic) and the herb Epilobium parviflorum (also known as ProstaLobium®) for the treatment of prostate enlargement.
Each 20 mL dose contains tinctures equivalent to dried:
Aloe (Aloe ferox) leaf inner juice 133.34 mg
Senna (Cassia angustifolia) leaf 133.34 mg
Rhubarb (Rheum officinale) root & rhizome 133.34 mg
Myrrh* (Commiphora molmol) stem bark oleoresin 85.72 mg
Zedoary* (Curcuma zedoaria) rhizome 152.38 mg
Manna ash (Fraxinus ornus) stem bark oleoresin 133.34 mg
Carline thistle (Carlina acaulis) root 66.66 mg
Angelica* (Angelica archangelic) root and rhizome 152.38 mg
Black cohosh* (Cimicifuga racemosa) root & rhizome 19.06 mg
Valerian* (Valeriana officinalis) root & rhiz & stolon 19.06 mg
Cinnamon* (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) stem bark inner 19.06mg
Cardamom* (Elettaria cardamomum) fruit 19.06 mg
Saffron (Crocus sativus) stigma & style 2.66 mg
non-active ingredient Camphor 133.34 mg
*these combined ingredients are also known as theriac.
Features / Benefits
Listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as a herbal medicine.
A multi-purpose product suitable for a wide range of applications.
Contains no artificial colours, preservatives, caffeine, gluten, sugars or lactose.
Liquid extracts are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Doses can be adjusted accordingly.
Use only as directed - always read the label.
If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare practitioner.
Not recommended for children under 12 years or in case of gastric/duodenal ulcers.
Warning: In very rare cases, black cohosh has been associated with liver failure. If you are experiencing yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, nausea, vomiting, unusual tiredness, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, and/or loss of appetite, you should stop using this product and see your doctor.
Laxative warnings - please note that prolonged use of laxatives may cause serious bowel problems (drink plenty of water).
Do not use when abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting are present, or it you develop diarrhoea.
If you are pregnant of breastfeeding, consult your doctor before use.
Contains alcohol 40% v/v.