Gentian Root (Gentiana Lutea)
Gentian root, also known as bitterwort, bitter root, yellow gentian, and wild gentian, is a bitter herb in the Gentianaceae plant family that is native to Europe and North America. is native to Europe In Chinese, the name of the herb means “Dragon gallbladder herb”, which indicates its primary role.
It has a very long history of use in herbal medicines, especially for treating stomach ailments, and liver disease, and helping with digestion. Benefits include improving digestion, supporting the liver and gallbladder, treating fungal and bacterial infections, supporting the nervous system, reducing inflammation, and fighting pain.
Used for more than 3,000 years as an herbal remedy in Europe, China, and Korea, Gentian root is primarily recognized as a digestive tonic by supporting the sluggish liver and increasing the production of gastric secretions. It is one of the main ingredients of the Swedish bitters tonic.
It is also used as an aid to stop smoking. It gives energy and eliminates fatigue as it speeds up the digestion of protein and fat.
It is also used to treat nausea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, and parasite infestations.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!