Centaury, called Canchalagua in its native Chile, is a small, herbaceous plant. It has sharply pointed green leaves and produces small pink or yellow flowers. A related species is found in southern Algeria, where its roots are used as a yellow dye.
Topically, Chilean Centaury is often used to help support dandruff, fight lice, help promote the rejuvenating of wounds, and in the reduction of skin blemishes. Because it is a digestive and gastric stimulant, Centaury is indicated primarily in lack or loss of appetite (anorexia), and for any sluggish digestive activity (recommended to be taken as a bitter tonic about ten minutes before meals). It has been used in combination with Burdock Root and Chamomile to stimulate liver action. Centaury also acts as a mild laxative. It is often combined with Meadowsweet or Althea Root to help support dyspepsia. In Chile, Centaury can be used as a general tonic and a blood purifier. Centaury also works to strengthen the bladders of the elderly and those with urinary control problems. Used in times past to help support intermittent fevers & malaria, Centaury can be used to help support periodic febrile health issues such as malaria.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
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