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Centaury Herb Health Benefits

Centaury is a small, annual herb, native to Europe and naturalized in the United States. It thrives in boggy meadows as well as in dry dunes. The root is fibrous and woody.


It is reputed to be an aromatic bitter and tonic for treating GI complaints such as bloating, dyspepsia, and flatulence, and anorexia.


Centaury is said to act on the liver and kidneys to “purify the blood,” and for jaundice.


Centaury also was used traditionally to treat fever, hence the name “feverwort.”


This bitter herb enhances production of gastric secretions, which stimulates appetite and improves digestion.


The use of Centaury is an ancient one dating back centuries to the Greeks and Romans.


It is a bitter tonic closely related to gentian and is used for much the same purposes. Centaury was once considered a panacea, and freely given for almost any disorder from sick cows to head lice.


Taken over time this herbal tincture has been used to mitigate anaemia, for suppressed menstruation and it tends to help in taking off weight.


This herb works well for treating depression and psychosomatic conditions.


It has been used primarily in appetite loss and anorexia, when it is associated with liver weakness and for weakness of the stomach after prolonged illness. 


It has often been combined with Burdock Root and Chamomile for eating disorders.


It has been found to be of great benefit muscular rheumatism.


Centaury extract is also very useful for those people who lead sedentary lives and do not get much outdoor exercise and prolonged use of this herbal supplement is helpful in weight loss.


The dried herb is given in infusion or powder, or made into an extract.


It is used extensively in dyspepsia, for languid digestion with heartburn after food, in an infusion of 1 OZ. of the dried herb to 1 pint of water.


When run down and suffering from want of appetite, a wineglassful of this infusion Centaury Tea taken three or four times daily, half an hour before meals, is found of great benefit.


The same infusion may also be taken for muscular rheumatism.

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