Also known as centaury gentian, bitter herb, erythraea centarium and centaury, this is a plant native of Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia. It is also found in Eastern Australia and Northern America.
The Centaurium erythraea is commonly taken as tea as a potent antioxidant. It is also known as an effective remedy for liver and gastric conditions. The herb boasts of tonic, febrifuge, digestive, depurative, cholagogue, anti-rheumatic and stomachic properties. It is an excellent blood purifier and tonic.
Among its most common applications and medicinal uses are for heartburn, bloating and gas caused by indigestion, lack of appetite, muscular rheumatism and dyspepsia. The herb can be used safely both internally and externally.
The Centaurium erythraea was and still is prescribed as antidote for snake-bite and other serious poisons. It has made a name for breaking intermittent fevers, which earned the herb the name of “feverwort”. Research studies confirm that the herb is a potent remedy for gout and rheumatism.
When combined with the bark of barberry this becomes a potent cure for jaundice. It is also recommended for deworming as it is a very potent vermifuge. It is also highly beneficial when applied to bruises, sores and wounds.