Latin Name : Centaurium Erythraea
Centaury is a small, erect herb that is native to North Africa, Europe and Western Asia. This is an herb that may be used for nearly any problem. The plant contains a bitter substance called quinine or centaurine. It also contains anthocyanin which has astringent, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and diuretic properties.
Digestive Aid: Centaury strengthens digestive function, especially within the stomach. It helps with digestive problems such as dyspepsia, constipation, flatulence and heartburn. The bitter action stimulates the entire digestive reflex allowing for optimal absorption and uptake of nutrients. By increasing stomach secretions it hastens the breakdown of food, it also stimulates the appetite and increases bile production.
Anaemia: Centaury has been used in formulas for this action to increase iron uptake in those with anaemia.
Antioxidant: The herb is beneficial for the functioning of the liver and the kidneys, helps in getting the blood rid of all impurities and is an exceptional stimulant.
Antipyretic action: Centaury causes sweating, which means it helps produce sweat. This is especially useful for lowering body temperature, causing the fever to drop and toxins to be removed from the body through the skin.