Celebrated for centuries in herbal medicine, Gentian is a powerhouse of wellness and is considered the king of bitter herbs because of its many health benefits.
King Gentius of Illyria, who lived from 180-67 BCE, is said to have discovered Gentian herb as medicine after the plant cured his army of a mysterious fever and later the herb was named after him.
During the Middle Ages, Gentian was commonly employed as an antidote to poison.
WHAT IS GENTIAN USED FOR?
Gentian root has a strong digestive effect. In addition, Gentian stimulates bile and relieves the liver.
The plant possesses antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, anticarcinogenic and is therefore administered especially in cases of diseases of the digestive tract, dyspeptic complaints, pancreatic dysfunction and much more.
It is used for digestion problems such as loss of appetite, fullness, intestinal gas, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, and vomiting. It is also used for fever, hysteria, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Some people use Gentian to prevent muscle spasms, treat parasitic worms, start menstrual periods, and as a germ killer. In parts of Africa and South America, Gentians are used to help treat malaria and snake bites.
It’s root is a digestive bitter with cooling and drying properties. It is often used just before or just after a meal to help active the digestive system and to support the body in assimilating nutrients.
The bitter substances in the Gentian stimulate the taste buds on the tongue and cause more saliva and gastric acid to be formed. In tests, it was found that the bitter taste from Gentian can still be perceived even when diluted down to 1 part in 12,000. The measurement of IBUs (International Bitterness Units) is extremely high, reflecting the powerful natural bitters of the plant. It ranks among the most bitter of indigenous plants and has a number of bitter substances contributing to a powerful herbal bitter flavor.