Gentian root is a strong bitter and serves in aid for quite a list of digestive ailments; dyspepsia, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, loss of appetite, nausea, gas, anorexia, and inflammatory bowel disease. Gentian root contains the chemical glycosilated iridoids. This chemical contributes to its bitter taste and properties and its strength is what aids in this root’s amazing digestive properties. Up to 10% of the root’s weight can contain this chemical. If harvesting, do so during the spring time to get the most of its bitter properties.
Gentian has also been used to rid the intestines of parasites.
The root can also be used in colds with fevers where throat relief is needed. It can also be added in blends used for muscle spasms and headaches.
The herb can be used topically for wound treatment.
Gentian root can also assist with kidney health. It helps eliminate harmful substances due to its antiseptic properties.
Gentian has a long list of uses, which makes it a great addition to many blends geared toward many different ailments. I absolutely love its versatility.
Do you use gentian root? What are your favorite blends and uses?
Many gentian species are threatened and should not be wild harvested. Although this herb can be decocted into a tea, many people prefer a tincture due to its taste.
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