Common Names: American Centaury, Bitter Herb, Bluebottle, Bluet, Century, Centory, Christ’s Ladder, Common Centaury, European Centaury, Feverwort, Forking Centaury, Greater Centaury, Red Centaury
Scientific Name: Erythraea Centaurium L., Centaurii Majoris, Sabbatia Angularis, Pers., Gentianaceae, Gentian Family
Common Uses: Tonic, stomachic, aromatic, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, febrifuge, emetic, stimulant ,This is an herb that may be used for nearly any problem. A tonic for those who are unable to exercise in the open air. It is used for gas, colic, bloating, heartburn, dyspepsia, stimulate appetite, and constipation, and aids the proper assimilation and digestion of food. If taken in too concentrated an infusion, it will produce vomiting. Extract prepared with vodka is given for high blood pressure, liver and gall bladder problems. Lotions containing centaury have been used on the skin to remove different kinds of blemishes. It is used as a treatment for muscular rheumatism, gout, convulsions, tuberculosis, cramps, snakebites, helps vision. It kills worms as do most bitters.
*Warnings: Do not collect this medicinal plant yourself under any circumstances, as European centaury, like all other members of the gentian family, is on the list of protected plants!
Origin: Grows in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North America. Found in damp meadows, pastures, and in thinly wooded areas.