Centaury herb (Centaurium erythraea) is a relative of the gentians and native to North Africa, Asia and Europe. Centaury is alleged to get its name from the centaur Chiron who used the herb to heal a wound caused by a poisoned arrow. Other common names for Centaury include bitter herb, bloodwort, feverwort and earth gall. Enquire with Joseph Flach & Sons today to bulk buy wholesale cut Centaury herb. Use the contact form to begin the ordering process or find out more about our herbs and botanicals.
Known as a bitter herb, it’s often used in teas, tonics and herbal liqueurs. This herb is believed to aid with digestion and liver health, containing compounds that stimulate the secretion of stomach acid, bile and digestive enzymes. However, more scientific evidence is required to support these uses. It’s also believed that Centaury contains chemicals that help reduce inflammation.
The name “centaury” originates from the centaur Chiron – the wounded healer of Ancient Greek legend, who used it successfully to heal a wound caused by a poisoned arrow. Centaury is one of the classic “bitter herbs”. Culpeper, an English herbalist, described centaury as “very wholesome, but not very toothsome” – in relation to its extreme bitterness.
Centaury herb has a long history of treating fevers, hence the name “feverwort”. Traditionally it has been used in teas, tonics, digestive bitters and herbal liqueurs. It was also a popular ingredient in shampoo for enhancing blonde hair.
Centaury is a key botanical ingredient. It’s recommended the tea is sipped about ten minutes before meals to get the best effect. The taste of centaury herb tea can be improved with chamomile, peppermint or ginger.
Research shows that centaury herb may increase stomach secretions, reduce inflammation and promote the absorption of key nutrients. This in turn is said to improve digestive health.
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