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Centaury (Centaurium erythraea)



appetite-stimulating, digestive, fever-reducing, cleansing, anti-inflammatory, stomach-stimulating, stimulating circulation

Areas of application:

Heartburn, lack of appetite, anemia, low blood pressure, gallbladder and liver problems, gallstones, in mood disorders, wherever the person is mentally or physically overstressed, impure and inflamed skin, muscular rheumatism, jaundice (with barberry), stimulates the uterus all gastrointestinal problems

Plant parts used:

Stems and flowers

Collection time:

June to August

To find:

Milfoil is a protected plant in our country and is not allowed to be picked! They are very rarely found in damp meadows or forest clearings.


Bitter substances, flavonoids, sterols, pyridine, actinidine (alkaloids), antioxidants


☕ Tea: 1 teaspoon of centaury is steeped in 1/4 liter of cold water during the day or overnight. Please do not boil or overscald. Only after it has been strained, after the steeping time, is the tea slightly warmed and can then be drunk. 2 cups per day are sufficient and drink 1/2 hour before a meal.

It is not necessary to sweeten the tea as the bitter taste remains.

Tea mixed with wormwood and honey can provide relief from whooping cough.

🛑 Attention: Please do not use this plant if you have gastritis or intestinal inflammation. If in doubt, ask your pharmacist or doctor.

For blood diseases, centaury was used in sympathy medicine and was also one of the plague herbs.

Bach flower number 4 is Centaury: In order to fulfill the wishes of others, you fail to recognize your own needs.

Hildegard of Bingen: Whoever has a broken bone in his body, often drink centaury or the root of it in wine, and the broken bone will grow together. Also warm the herb in water and place it warm on the spot.

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