The Paracelsus Elixir Product
The Paracelsus Elixir is currently not available in a prepared liquid form. It must be prepared in order to be
useable as an elixir. Making the Paracelsus Elixir is very simple as well as comparatively economical. To find the preparation instructions open the Elixir Preparation Tab.
Paracelsus Elixir is a classic “life elixir”(Elixir Vitae) out of the 16th century that harmonizes all of the
major internal organ functions benefiting the whole body. Many versions of this formula have been shorted and
frequently called Swedish Bitters. However, Paracelsus only has one formula for this "life Elixir"
and in honor of Paracelsus we have called it "Paracelsus Elixir" and many refer to it as an Elixir Ad Longam
Vitam (Elixir for a Long Life). Paracelsus Elixir is about 460 years old and variations of it have been in
continuous use throughout the world ever since.
Traditional Theoretical Information about What Life Elixirs Are and What Paracelsus Elixirs and Swedish Bitters are Related to Them.
The concept of Life Elixirs is a very old one indeed. It is rooted in Medieval Europe but not limited to Europe. Surely that the ancients Egyptians had Life Elixirs the composition of which is lost to time.
The entire concept of Life Elixirs as the name implies is to restore or maintain life and health. Among these are also legendary remedies that restore youth but these, in general, have psychic consequences. Do not expect to easily find these.
Life Elixirs, healing and medicine itself have their origin in Mysticism, and rightfully so. Historically, these disciplines have held a place of high prestige and in search of this prestige many sought to acquire this art through force of study rather than the maturing and ennobling of the Spirit. The universal symbol of modern medicine is the Caduceus of Hermes Trismagistus. This winged staff with intertwined serpents is symbolic of the Hermetic Sciences of which healing is a part. This is not a medical symbol at all, it is a mystical symbol borrowed from the Alchemists from antiquity. (Paracelsus, Nostradamus, Nicholas Flamel, Robert Fludd, Franz Bardon were known alchemists.) The origin of the Life Elixirs of the Caucasian peoples is Christian mysticism.
If we accept that Divinity exists, which is witnessed in the many, many creations all around us, it becomes obvious that all creations are alive and actively living. It should not come as a surprise that life is not possible without a spirit; therefore - Divinity being Spirit - all living things must have a spiritual component.
This concept is shocking to most people, especially “Christian” people, because even though many belong to a spiritual sect, most people’s spiritual belief is largely based entirely on materiality, ceremony and habit. This fragile belief only endures for as long as things go “their way.” The reality is that living without having a clear concept of life that is more than merely existential is like a fish living in water without recognizing the water, the nature of water or realizing that the water is even wet.
A discussion on Life Elixirs is meaningless unless there is a correct philosophical foundation of the mechanics of what life is. (This is very difficult to put in brief but consider for a moment; is there anything that is not spirit?) To accept that physical life depends on a spiritual might and influence is fundamental in understanding, not only life itself, but also properly recognizing natural, spiritually inspired remedies and the fundamentally very simple mechanisms that makes them work. Life Elixirs enliven the life forces within us – spirit forces – which intern displace what is antagonistic to life – ie. the unclean spirits, which in this context are better known or more familiar as toxins. This explains why there are many New Testament passages where Christ casts out unclean spirits in order to heal. Good natural remedies are a lesser version of the same principle. If this effect takes place in a non physical manner, then what is the mechanism of action?
When the term spirit or spirits is used in this context the immortal spirits of human beings and God are not always intended. In nature there are intelligent forces at play within all things. In this sense the Pagan view has some, albeit distorted, legitimacy. The spirit substance referred to in mineral, plant and animal life is an immature “physical spirit.” They are like unseen worker bees of and in nature. They are like invisible and innumerable construction crews that literally build plants and animals, and metamorphosize the minerals. Paracelsus referred to them as spirit (with a small “s”) and the material they work with as "specificum."
Please bear with the following explanation.
A “Life Elixir” is by definition a liquid. There are many types of liquids. Which are the most appropriate? The choice of a liquid carrier is predicated upon the belief that a human being is comprised of a physical body, an astral body (the soul), and a spiritual body. All three bodies are aligned and operating in unison and simultaneously. They cannot be separated otherwise physical death occurs. A natural remedy is prepared to positively and deliberately affect, either the physical body, soul, or spirit – or any two or all three. This is achieved by the method of preparation rather than the ingredients used. The criteria for selecting the ingredients of a remedy are very different than how they are to be directed. An Elixir is prepared by using alcohol, preferably made from grapes. The alcohol becomes the medium that ultimately carries the remedy from the physical to the soul or the spirit depending on how it is prepared. To this day, in fact, alcohol is still referred to as a “spirit.” Grape alcohol (brandy, cognac or grappa) is preferred because compared to say grain or root alcohols, it is considered to be “clean.” More will be said about this latter.
Having said this; there is also an unquestioned understanding among the Alchemists that the Spirit and Soul link into the physical body through the physical heart. This being the reciprocating gateway between the activity of the physical, astral and spiritual – remedies taken in alcohol are taken by the blood, after digestive refinement, into the heart and from there to the soul – which once fortified by the remedy intern acts on the physical body to heal it. A poison (today there are many) has the exact opposite effect in addition to possibly damaging the soul – This is the greatest tragedy of our times.
It should be understood that every herb is a container of accumulated material/spiritual substances gathered specifically by the inborn, guiding intelligence of that plant. In light of this DNA is rendered quite in adequate in explaining why things grow as they do. This inborn intelligence differentiates itself from any other plant which is why it forms and sustains itself as a distinct species. Intelligence – as an attribute of Spirit – and is itself non material, therefore no material substance has intelligence out of itself. The life of all material substance comes out of that which is non-material that it contains or is attached to it. This spirit substance is its actual essence.
These intelligences that are ordained to be attached and accumulated by a plant are specific to that plant. The Angelic beings that impart order to the physical world that are in charge of this, see to this. There are several different types of intelligences in every plant (ultimate material thing). There is one for every characteristic that a plant or material may have. One for fragrance, one for each color, one for each flavor, for each part of the plant, for the structure and shape the plant may have, and so on, and so on.
The intelligences together build the plant from living materials they gather (primarily from the air – believe it or not) and cooperatively compile them into an orderliness and structure that makes the plant a living thing.
If you can accept this explanation, then every plant is a container of accumulated material substances ordered by specific spiritual intelligences by their unseen spiritual activity. The total finished product (plant, mineral, animal) will have a specific geometry, color, fragrance, proportion that identify the characteristics of the intelligences that assembled them and the materials (and their content) they used. This finished form is consistent and identifiable with every species uniquely yielding what is called a “signature.” This signature is specific to the species and is the species, thereby, an apple tree can always be identified as such, a horse can always be recognized as a horse, and so on and so forth. This signature tells the person with the proper spiritual maturity what is spiritually contained within the external structure, whether it is clean or unclean, the purpose the form is serving within creation, for what it might be used and much more. This is true of all living things without exception. In Creation all things must identify themselves externally. What God creates is identifiable only to the Godly – the ungodly are excluded from access by their own presumption or what has been aptly called pride. (What an ingenious safeguard to protect against defilement!) Rather than Gods light, they are impressed by their own intelligence a.k.a. “false light.” In the darkness of their strictly material view they are blinded - trapped by their own pride and they live accordingly.
When plants, minerals, metals, or animal components are combined into remedies it is their living spiritual intelligences with their corresponding activities that actually meet, combine and work with or against one another; the material substance itself being merely their physical container or abode; it is what they are physically “bound” to. Their individual activity and attributes do not change but the combination of different spiritual intelligences change the character of the overall combination. It is like mixing colors. Once mixed you loose the colors you started with and a totally new color is born; once mixed they cannot be separated. At times the combinations are sympathetic to one another and at times antagonistic; sometimes complimentary and at times not. This is the anatomy of a remedy; good or bad. The art of combining is less a function of learning and more born out of maturity.
It is difficult for the average person to imagine the unseen activities of the vital forces that govern life. In the past those who were capable of seeing this activity were called insane by the learned of the world; among these where the Alchemists. Many Alchemists were persecuted for daring to talk of sound to those who could not hear and light to those who could not see – they described a different world view – a spiritual view. “The light shineth into the darkness, but the darkness comprehendeth it not.” To this day modern science has no clue as to this actual activity or its purpose. They permitted to see only the gross materiality. As a result they cannot guide their processes, they force them. The result is unsettled spirit substance ie. a poison. Because this poison is very reactive it is mistaken as a remedy.
Life Elixirs were exclusively produced by the alchemists and some of their formulas still survive. Without having a clear view of the unseen spiritual activity around us no one could knowingly combine the ingredients to produce a true Life Elixir.
The "Quintessence" is another much finer ingredient that is a part of this category of remedy. The "Quintessence" is much talked about among would be Alchemists yet these often offer a long winded explanation of this most sublime of substances while having no clear concept of it. The Quintessence is literally translated as the "fifth essence." In Hermetic or Christian Mystical theory the fifth essence is preceded by the first, second, third and forth essences which are the element of Fire, the element of Water, the element of Air and the element of Earth respectively. The Fifth element is the "Akasha," which is known also as the Quintessence. The Quintessence is "God," a substance out of which such things as belief are born out of. This substance can be used to impregnate such things as foods, or remedies with thoughts or desires in the same manner as when people say a prayer over their food before eating it. With conscious effort this can be used to guide the unseen spiritual activity within all things, including remedies or foods, towards a predetermined or noble outcome. A prayer said at a very high level if you will.
To put this into perspective one can view the Quintessence in the hands of the common person as "belief." Having a strong belief will aid any remedy in its effect. However, should someone have an absolute, unshakable belief and a very complete understanding of the invisible workings of physical matter, this person is then capable of actively and consciously working within God's creation to deliberately produce effects within it.
Most peoples belief is not this plastic or workable.
Life Elixirs have another very important property. If they are knowingly combined because of their specific spiritual properties then they are also conductors or attractors of similar spiritual properties and activities. Just like copper is an excellent conductor of heat or electricity so can these Elixirs be made to conduct or accumulate spiritual energies in addition to those already contained from the constituent plant ingredients through consecration (Blessing – beneficial mental impregnation).
As “woolly” as all this may sound the concept is actually quite simple. Based on the “misery likes company” principle, like attracts like. Good attracts good and evil attracts evil. If someone has a negative disposition, they will seek out like reinforcement. Even if the negativity is very passive it can be strengthened inadvertently through the ingestion of other similar “unclean spirits” ie toxins and poisons. Today they are ubiquitous and attracted by the personality of an individual these accumulation through disease actually kill their host. This is the result of the emotional component of an ailment which is actually the impetus of all ailments.
When used for strictly physical purposes Life Elixirs are excellent healing remedies because they expel the accumulated wastes where the ailment has its seat. Or, to put it more accurately; the remedy is carried to the soul which, finding its strength through the remedy, assists the physical body to heal the physical body and expel the toxins.
When Life Elixirs are used spiritually they are called Fluid Condensers. To put it more accurately, since the spiritual has precedence over the physical – Life Elixirs are actually well combined Fluid Condensers that have practical ceremonial spiritual applications. They are also very conducive and useful for specific spiritual activities, which is why they are excellent healing remedies.
It must also be mentioned that an essential part of producing a Life Elixir is the Biblical Old Testament concept of a thing being “clean or unclean.” An unclean spirit mentioned in the Old Testament is translated into today’s jargon as a “poison.” “Clean” does not mean its physical appearance, but its spiritual content. Some plants, animals, minerals and at times people are considered unclean and therefore detrimental and should be avoided. Others are considered clean and are beneficial and life sustaining. Plants that are clean have a fresh and “clearing” quality about them. They do not smell bad either before ingestion or after digestion – they have a fragrance. A Life Elixir begins with “clean” ingredients.
Once a formula is known it must be prepared. The preparation method is deceptively simple; using very simple implements. A few clean pots, sealable glass or glazed earthenware, water, fruit alcohol, clean tightly woven cloth for filtering, a stove and a clean and pure mind/heart are all that is needed.
Since the activity within all living things is spiritual, it must be captured/accumulated and held once extracted within a suitable medium. If you want to capture fish and artificially preserve them outside of their natural environment you must create their environment in miniature to keep them – an aquarium. The same thing is done to keep natural “essences.” Alcohol is liquid fire element who’s heat is capable of extracting and, being a “spirit” itself, becomes the ideal medium to hold and preserve the spirits extracted in the proposed remedy. Simple Life Elixirs are therefore made with alcohol (brandy or any fruit derived alcohol will do grape alcohol is best).
Life elixirs are used in very small quantities; usually by the teaspoonful, sometimes by the drop.
Licorice, Nutmeg, Aloe, Turkish Rhubarb, Calamus, Myrrh, Theriac Venetian, Zedoary root, Dittany, Gentian,
Angelica Root, Kaolin, Carline thistle, Camphor, Tormentilla, Mace, Senna, Saffron - all in very specific,
calculated and non-uniform proportion.
These ingredients combine to produce the complete "Paracelsus Elixir - Swedish Bitters effect." A
formula that does not contain these ingredients is not the Paracelsus formula. Also, the full benefits of the
Paracelsus Elixir compared to the commonly known and available Swedish Bitters will produce a significantly
more noticeable and complete effect.
The Maria Treben Formula (the commonly known Sweden bitters formula) is as follows: Aloe, Myrrh, Saffron,
Senna, Camphor, Rhubarb, Zedoary, Manna, Theriac Venetian, Carline Thistle, Angelica Root. Although this is a
great stomach bitter it is not the original and complete Paracelsus formula.
|| 1 teaspoon in 4 to 8 ounces of water after meals three times per day for about 4 to 6 weeks.
|| 1 teaspoon in 4 to 8 ounces of water after meals once a day for life as a tonic.
|| 1/2 teaspoon in 4 to 8 ounces of water after meals one to three times per day as a starting dose
for those who are really sick. In time can be increased to 1 teaspoon.
|| 1 teaspoon in a favorite tea to make the tea more effective.
|| Some use it in acute situations as follows: 1/2 tspn. every 15 minutes for about one hour. (5-7 doses)
|| We have found that the 1/2 tspn. dose in 4-8 oz. of water to be the most effective does away from
food. When used on a full stomach even a one ounce (shot) can be taken.
The following information has been published in the best selling book: Health Through God's Pharmacy by Maria
Treben. It is interesting to note that although this publication is a very valuable work much of it's contents
are translated out of a classic European herbal compendium known in Europe as Tabernaemontanus of 1731.
It's contents are excellent as well as very useful. Further testimony to the very rich herbal tradition of the
Compresses: 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
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 Paracelsus Elixir - Swedish Bitters can be taken internally and also applied externally.
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
a specific herbal tea, half of it is sipped half an hour before and the other half an hour after each meal.
The following information are the famous "46 points" out of the "Old Manuscript"
describing the uses of Paracelsus Elixir i.e. Swedish Bitters found among the personal papers and writings
of the well-known Swedish physician, rector of medicine, Dr. Samst.
(transcript of Swedish Bitters' curative power out of Health Through God's Pharmacy by Maria Treben)
Important: All stated amounts of Swedish Bitters should be taken diluted with herb tea or water. When
applying compresses, always apply Marigold ointment first.
|| If they are frequently breathed in or sniffed, the base of the skull is moistened or a moistened cloth
applied to the head, they dispel pain and dizziness and strengthen the brain and memory.
|| They help dim eyes and take away redness and all pain, even if the eyes are inflamed. They rid them of
spots and cataracts, if the corners are moistened in time or a moistened piece of cloth is applied to
the closed lids.
|| Pustulas and eczema of all kinds, as scabs in the nose or elsewhere on the body, are healed, if they
often and well moistened.
|| For toothache a tablespoon of these drops is taken with a little water and kept in the mouth for a
little while or the aching tooth is moistened. The pain soon eases and the putrefaction disappears.
|| Blisters on the tongue or other infirmities of the tongue are frequently moistened with the drops and
healing soon occurs.
|| If the throat is hot or inflamed, so that food is swallowed with difficulty, these drops are
swallowed slowly, morning, noon and evening and they take away the heat and heal the throat.
|| For stomach cramps , 1 tablespoon is taken.
|| For colic , 3 tablespoons full are taken slowly, one after the other, and relief will soon be felt.
|| They rid the body of wind and cool the liver, eliminate all troubles of the intestines and stomach and
|| An excellent remedy for stomach disorders, if the digestion is faulty or food cannot be kept down.
|| They are beneficial for pain in the gall bladder. 1 tablespoonful daily in the morning and evening and
at night, compresses and soon all pain will disappear.
|| For dropsy , 1 tablespoonful in white wine is taken in the morning and evening for 6 weeks.
|| For pain and buzzing in the ear a piece of cotton wool is moistened and put into the ear. It is very
beneficial and brings back lost hearing.
|| For morning sickness, 1 tablespoon of the drops in red wine is given in the morning for 3 days, half
an hour later a walk is taken, then breakfast, but no milk.
|| In the last 14 days of pregnancy if 1 tablespoon of the drops is taken mornings and evenings, it
promotes the birth. For easy expelling of the afterbirth, a teaspoonful is given every 2 hours, until
the afterbirth is expelled without pain.
|| If, after a birth when the milk dries up, inflammation develops, it quickly subsides if a moistened
piece of cloth is applied.
|| They expel worms, even tapeworms, in children and adults, the amount taken by children being according
to age. A piece of cloth moistened with drops is applied to the navel and kept moist.
|| They rid children of pustulas. The children are given these drops according to age, diluted with water.
If the pustulas start to dry up they are moistened frequently with these drops and no scars will develop.
|| For jaundice very soon all complaints disappear, if 1 tablespoon of these drops is taken 3 times daily
and compresses are applied to the swollen liver.
|| They open all hemorrhoids, heal the kidneys, rid the body of all unnecessary liquids without further
treatment, taking away melancholy and depression and improve appetite and digestion.
|| Hemorrhoids are reduced, if, in the beginning, they are moistened frequently and if the drops are
taken internally, especially before going to bed, they soften the
hemorrhoids. Externally, a cotton
ball moistened with the drops is applied. It makes the remaining blood flow and relieves the burning.
|| If someone has fainted, open his mouth if required, give him 1 tablespoon of the drops and he will
|| This remedy rids you of the pain of spasm (cramps) so that it will cease in time.
|| For consumption take them daily in the morning on an empty stomach and continue the treatment for 6
|| If the menstrual flow ceases for a woman or is too heavy, she takes these drops 3 days and repeats it
20 times. They will, what is too much, quieten and, what is too little, even out.
|| This remedy also helps cure "whites".
|| If someone is afflicted with epilepsy, he has to be given these drops on the spot and he should then
take this remedy exclusively, since it strengthens the affected nerves as well as the body and rids it
of all sickness.
|| They heal lameness and rid you of dizziness and indisposition.
|| They heal also hot pustulas and erysipelas.
|| If someone has fever, be it hot or cold, and is very weak, he is given 1 tablespoonful of the drops
and the patient, if he is not overloaded with other medications, will in a short time come to, the
pulse will start to beat again and the fever, no matter how high it was, will pass and the patient
will soon be better.
|| The drops also heal old pock marks, warts and chapped hands. If the wound is old or festering
or proud flesh has developed, everything is washed well with white wine and a piece of cloth moistened
with the drops is laid upon it.
|| They heal, without danger, all wounds, be they from a stab or a hit, if they are moistened frequently.
A piece of cloth is taken, moistened with the drops and the wounds covered therewith. They take away
the pain in a short time, permit no blemish or putrefication and heal also old wounds which are caused
by a shot. If there are holes, the drops are sprinkled into the wound which need not necessarily be
cleaned beforehand. Through repeated applying of the moistened cloth healing occurs in a short time.
|| They take away scars, even if very old, wounds and cuts if moistened up to 40 times with them. All the
wounds heal and leave no scars.
|| They heal all fistulas, even if they seem incurable, be they as old as may be.
|| They heal all burns and scalds, be they caused by fire, hot water or fat, if the injuries are moistened
frequently. No blisters form, the heat is taken out and even festering blisters are healed.
|| They serve against swellings and bruises, be they caused by a blow or a fall.
|| If someone cannot eat with appetite, they bring back the lost taste.
|| In anaemia they bring back the lost color, if taken for a period in the morning. They cleanse the blood
and form new blood and promote circulation.
|| Rheumatic pains in the limbs are eased if the drops are taken morning and evening and a moistened cloth
is applied to the aching parts.
||They heal frost bitten hands and feet, even if there are open parts, if a moistened cloth is applied
as often as possible, but especially at night.
|| For corns, a cotton ball, moistened with the drops, is applied and kept moist. After three days the
corns fall out or can be removed painlessly.
|| They heal too bites of mad dogs and other animals, if taken internally, since they heal and destroy all
poison. A moistened cloth is laid upon the wounds.
||For plague and other infectious diseases it is well to take them repeatedly since they heal plague
boils and swellings even if already in the throat.
|| He who cannot sleep at night takes these drops before going to bed. For nervous sleeplessness a piece
of cloth moistened with diluted drops is laid upon the heart.
|| A drunk can be sober on the spot with two tablespoonfuls.
|| He who takes these drops mornings and evenings daily needs no further medication, since they strengthen
the body, tone up the nerves and the blood, take away the trembling of the hands and feet. In short they
take away all illness. The body stays supple, the face young and beautiful.
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.
Ingredients: 100 Gr.
Paracelsus Elixir powders
1.5 Liter Alcohol (40% per cent)
The best alcohol is alcohol derived from fruit (fruit spirit) - Cognac, Grappa. Fruit derived alcohols are
best, grape derived alcohols are preferable.
There are two popular methods to prepare Paracelsus Elixir - Swedish Bitters one method is faster, the other
slower. Both methods are good, but there is one very important thing that cannot be overlooked and this is the
final color of the liquid. The finished Paracelsus Elixir – Swedish Bitter is dark brown in color, like strong
coffee, other wise it is not Paracelsus Elixir.
In general the directions call for the powders and alcohol to sit for at least 21 – 28 days; this is just a
guideline. In order for the Paracelsus Elixir to be ready in that length of time, the conditions have to be
ideal, such as temperatures and sunshine, otherwise it may take considerably longer, especially in the winter
time, it can take up to two months.
Important: Always remember that the color of the Paracelsus Elixir has to be dark brown like strong coffee; otherwise it
is not ready for use.
Preparation Method No. 1
Take 100 grams of the Paracelsus Elixir powder and .75 liter (750 ml) alcohol. Mix the two ingredients in a
large mouthed resealable jar and shake it a few times every day, expose to daylight on a window sill or
sunshine at room temperature for 14 days. Or, until the color is a dark-coffee-brown. Then filter it through
clean cloth and keep the now moist powders. Place this liquid in an amber bottle sealed in a dark place. Then
add the other .75 liter of alcohol to the Paracelsus Elixir powders for and additional 4 to 7 days and expose
it to daylight or sunshine, shake it well every day. The second tincturing may not be as dark as the first.
Then filter this mixture. Add this liquid to the first liquid. Now, you have your Paracelsus Elixir – Swedish Bitters.
Preparation Method No. 2
Take 100 grams Paracelsus Elixir powders and 1.5 liter alcohol. Mix it well and shake it every day, expose
this mixture to daylight on a window sill and or sunshine for 28 days (a Lunar month) should by then, the
color of the liquid not be as expected (dark brown) leave it, until it has the right color. Then filter it
well, if necessary, two or even three times. Fill it up in amber bottles and store in a dark place.