• Centaury: healing properties and possible side effects

    The centaury is a biennial plant of the gentian family up to 40 cm in height with bright pink flowers, which under the action of the sun's rays look like asterisks. Small boxes with seeds - the fruit of the plant, ripening in late summer - early autumn.Only the centaury has small healing properties, all other varieties are not studied well enough to be used for medical purposes.
    The use of centaury grass as a healing raw material is due to its rich chemical composition. These are a variety of bitter glycosides, erythricin, gencyamine, flavone glycoside, acids (nicotinic, ascorbic), vitamins, carbohydrates, gums.
    The plant helps to fight anorexia, nervous exhaustion, gallstone disease, migraine, increases blood circulation.Herbal tea is an excellent tool for improving appetite and helping with diseases of the stomach. In addition, the centaury is successfully used in the treatment of anemia, liver, obesity, as a hemostatic and anesthetic, as well as in skin rashes, for healing wounds.
    Herbal supplements with the addition of the centaury - a very common medicine in the treatment of alcoholism. Fresh juice is also among the frequently used therapeutic agents that help in the treatment of ears and childhood allergies. Juice mixed with honey successfully fights pediculosis.
    Medicinal plants have always been successfully used in the treatment of a wide variety of diseases. Centaury - one of these plants, received in traditional medicine is much more use than in traditional.
    One of the main recipes is a basic infusion from a plant: chop the herb (2 teaspoons), add half a liter of boiling water, leave for 15 minutes under the lid. Use a tablespoon three times a day, half an hour before meals. Instead of the infusion, you can use grass powder (2 g), taking 1.5 hours before meals several times during the day.
    Herbal tea from the centaury is also included in the recipe of traditional medicine. Cut the grass, pour with cold water, insist 10 hours, occasionally shaking. Strain, reheat, drink without sugar. Proportions: 1 teaspoon of herbs, 1 glass of water.The centaury grass is pure bitterness, since all parts of the plant have a bitter taste. The most bitter parts are the stems and flowers, the leaves are less bitter.
    For raw materials, the grass is harvested at the beginning of flowering, cut with a knife (it is forbidden to be pulled out with the root), then dried in air in a shaded, ventilated place (attic, canopy), since the color is lost in the sun.
    Despite all the useful and healing properties of the grass, it is worth remembering that the centaury can be used not always and not all. And although a pronounced toxic effect is not observed, it is contraindicated in patients with a stomach ulcer, intestines or increased acidity of the gastric juice.
    It is also necessary to take into account individual intolerance. Sometimes there may be side effects such as indigestion, allergic reactions.It should also be remembered that taking the centaury causes a strong appetite, which is absolutely not suitable for people with overweight.

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