September 5, 2017

6 Health Benefits of Centaury | Herbal Remedy for Stomach and Liver

Basic Characteristics of Centaury


Centaury (Erythraea centaurium) is a one-year-old plant that grows on humid soils but also on sandbags. 

It is usually found in meadows, on the pastures, around the forest, around the roads. Sometimes the whole meadows turn into light purple color originating from centaury.

This herb has a strong herbaceous stem that carries leaves at the top, which are long, and at the top of the stems pink flowers are gathered in inflorescences.


The historical value of the centaury is related to the ancient Greeks, who used the centaury to promote the work of a gallbladder. It was also regarded as a medicinal plant in Chinese and Eastern medicine.

The centaury is thought to be the origin of two words - a centum which means hundred and the aurum which means gold (Au).

What are the Medicinal Parts of the Plant?


Medicinal parts are flowers, or the upper parts of the plant (leaves and flowers).


Picking and Drying Centaury


Picking centaury begins in the summer months, when the herb develops its pink flowers. It is best to use scissors for cutting up the upper parts of the plant. The herb should be harvest in sunny and warm weather, because then the flowers are open.

The centaury is thought to be the origin of two words - a centum which means hundred and the aurum which means gold (Au).

The drying is done in a thin layer somewhere in the shade to preserve the natural pink color.

What is the Chemical Composition of Centaury?


Centaury is medicinal herb that belongs to bitter herbs (amarae) just like the mugwort. It contains the most glycosides, heterozyme, contains a lot of mineral iron

There are still resins, sugar, essential oil, alkaloids that give bitterness to herb.

What are the Health Benefits of Centaury?


Centaury cleans blood, strengthens circulation and is desirable for anemic children.
Centaury flowers

1. Centaury improves the liver function and function of gallbladder; it cures jaundice; it calms the symptoms caused by the presence of stone in the gallbladder.

2. Centaury cleans blood, strengthens circulation and is desirable for anemic children.

3. Excellent medicine for stomach, gastritis, poor appetite, flatulence, poor secretion of stomach acid. It stimulates the squeezing of stomach juices and digestive enzymes, which improves digestion of food.

4. Like the mugwort, and centaury help women in the regulation of the menstrual cycle. It also applies to the onset of intensified vaginal secretion and secretion that is very stinging.

5. Centaury can be used externally, in the case of wounds that are hard to heal. Then the tea from the centaury is cooked and the linen is put on the changed part of the skin.

6. The exceptionally important benefit of Centaury is reflected in its power to help people who are on chemotherapy and radiation.


Medicinal Preparations based on Centaury


The exceptionally important benefit of Centaury is reflected in its power to help people who are on chemotherapy and radiation.


• Tea from the Centaury


It's necessary:

- Teaspoon dried centaury
- Glass of water (200 ml)

Pour hot water over the centaury and let it stand for 10-15 minutes. After that the tea is processed and drunk unsweetened best before meals to stimulate secretion of salivary, stomach and digestive enzymes.

• Wine from Centaury


You will need:

- Handful of fresh centaury
- Lemon (cut it on slices together with peel, pre-wash well)
- 1 liter of white wine

Fill the glass bottle with centaury and lemon and add white wine. Leave the bottle to stand for 10 days, and then strain the content through the gauze in a new clean bottle. It takes ¼ glasses on an empty stomach. Wine from the centaury enhances appetite, regulates digestion, and secretion of bile.


• The mixture of herbs against Flatulence


Make a mixture of equal parts of the centaury, angelica and mugwort. Sprinkle the spoon of mixture with 250 ml boiling water, cover and leave for 10 minutes. Drink before bed.