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True Centaury: Health Benefits of the Herb

  1. Centaurium erythraea (Centaurium erythraea) is a biennial species of the gentian family (Gentianaceae), a family of dicotyledons. The herbaceous plant grows to about 30 cm high and after germination first a rosette with 1-2 cm wide leaves forms. This rosette is elliptical to spatulate. In the second year, the branched flower stalk emerges with smaller, upright (flowering) stems. At the stem is a screen-shaped raceme of small, light red or pink flowers with a tubular crown that is split into five at the edges. The fruits are elongated, bilobed capsules with many very small seeds. Flowering time is July to October.

What is real centaury?

  1. True centaury is a herbaceous plant that grows from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains to the coasts of the Baltic Sea and on dry slopes, meadows and clearings in the forest. While the Benedictine Abbess Hildegard of Bingen used the herb to heal broken bones, the priest and one of the founders of naturopathy, Sebastian Kneipp, appreciated its gastric juice-forming properties and knew how to use the herb for digestive complaints such as flatulence or heartburn . This effect is due to the bitter substances in the plant. Although the herb is best known for relieving digestive complaints and stomach disorders, it has an overall positive effect on the body and also helps against anemia, obesity, poor circulation, colds

Health benefits of true centaury

  1. Medicinal use The medicinal use of centaury can be traced back to the 5th century BC. The Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist Pedanius Dioscorides (circa 40-90 AD) recommended the herb as a purification remedy, as emmenagogue (these are herbs that stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus), to stimulate menstruation , for the eyes and for wounds. In folk medicine it was previously used for diseases of the liver and gallbladder and for fever

Uses of true centaury

  1. Tea

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