Information on Centaury

Latin NameCentaurium erythraea
Other NamesLesser centaury
Part UsedFlowers
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Liver
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoAn annual herb in the Gentian family with small pink flowers on upright stems branching near the top with opposite leaves.
DescriptionCentaury stimulates the flow of gastric secretions, thereby stimulating the appetite, relieving dyspepsia and flatulence, and improving digestive function. For this bitter herb to be truly effective, it needs to be taken consistently over a long period of time. Centaury has also been used traditionally for liver and gallbladder complaints and gastritis.

Centaury has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Tincture1/2 teaspoon before meals, diluted

Ailments Treated by Centaury

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Heartburndigestanttincture, capsule, tea
Indigestiondigestive stimulanttincture, capsule
Lice, headbittertea as a wash
Appetite, lack ofaperienttincture, tea

References

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