Botanical Name: Centaurium erythraea
Organic Status: Wildcrafted
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Plant Part: Aerials
Description: Historically, centaury has been used as a herbal medicine to kill worms, to treat dropsy, as a sedative, to treat snakebite and other wounds, and topically for freckles and spots. This bitter herb enhances production of gastric secretions, which then stimulates appetite and improves digestion and as such it is reputed for treating GI complaints such as bloating, dyspepsia, flatulence and anorexia. Centaury is said to act on the liver and kidneys to “purify the blood,” and for also known to treat jaundice. Centaury also was used traditionally to treat fever, hence the name “feverwort.”
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