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  • Centaurium erythraea
  • Origin: Croatia


Common Name

Standardized: centaury
Other: common centaury, lesser centaury

Botanical Name

Centaurium erythraea Rafn
Plant Family: Gentianaceae


Centaury has an interesting history of uses, and according to legend was named because of the mythical centaur Chironia who cured a poison arrow wound with the herb. Because it is so bitter, the ancient Romans called it the 'bile of the earth' (fel terraae.)

Parts Used

Dried aerial portions.

Typical Preparations

Infusion: Infuse 1 tsp of dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water for 5-10 minutes, and drink ½ cup before meals.  Tincture: Take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times per day.


No known precautions.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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