It sounds almost like a fairy story, but it is true. As a refugee from the German speaking area of Czechoslovakia, I became ill with typhoid fever in a camp in Bavaria, caused by contaminated meat and, through it came jaundice and an obstruction of the intestines. I spent more than 6 months in hospital and when my husband got my mother, my mother-in-law, our child and myself to Austria, I was a young but sick woman.
At night I was hit by terrible pain that shot through my body like a sword. In these moments I could neither stand nor sit, walk nor lie down; at the same time I vomited and had diarrhoea. I was a helpless bundle of misery. These were after pains of the typhoid fever which sometimes can go on for years, as the doctor said.
One day a woman brought me a small bottle containing a dark brown, strong smelling liquid. She had heard of my illness and wanted to help. The Swedish Bitters had relieved her of a serious complaint. Accompanying it was a transcript of an "Old Manuscript " in which was explained, in 46 points, how these drops heal every illness.
10gm Rhubarb root
10gm Zedvoary root
5gm Carline Thistle root
10gm Angelica root
|This mixture is put into a wide-necked 2 liters bottle and 1 1/2 liters of 38% to 40% rye or fruit spirit are poured over it.
The bottle is left standing in the sun or near the stove for 14 days and shaken daily. The liquid is then strained and poured into small bottles, well stopped
and stored in a cool place. This way it can be kept for many years. The longer it stands the more effective it becomes ! Shake well before use ! Alternatively
some of the liquid can be strained into a small bottle and the rest left in the large bottle until required.
Instead of Aloe, Wormwood powder may be used. Only natural Chinese Camphor should be used.
|Internally :||Prophylactics are taken according to the "Old Manuscript " in the morning and evening, 1 teaspoonful diluted with water. For indisposition of any kind, 3 tablespoons diluted with water can be taken. For serious diseases, 2 to 3 tablespoons are taken as follows: 1 tablespoon diluted with half a cup of herbal tea, half of it is sipped half an hour before and the other half an hour after each meal.|
|Compress :||According to area, a piece of cotton wool or gauze is moistened with Swedish Bitters and applied to the affected area which has been well covered
with lard or Calendula ointment. A slightly larger piece of plastic is put over it to prevent the clothes from getting stained. Then a cloth is wound around or a bandage is used.
The compress can be left on, depending on illness, for 2 to 4 hours. If tolerated, the compress can stay on overnight. After removal the skin is powdered. Should people with sensitive skin still develop a rash, the compresses have to be used for a shorter period only or omitted for a time. People who are allergic to plastic should leave it off. Never forget to grease the skin beforehand. If an itching rash has already developed it can be treated with Calendula ointment.
The wonderful healing power of this herb mixture is shown in the above text of the "old manuscript". It can be said, and rightly so, that there is hardly any illness where Swedish Bitters is not of benefit, or at least is effective as a basis for every treatment.
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