The health benefits of Centaury tea have been known for a long time within traditional herbal medicine. The centaury plant is touted to have potent diaphoretic, digestive, emetic, febrifuge, hepatic, homeopathic, poultice, stomachic, tonic, liver stimulating, and nervine properties.

Centaury is an annual plant with a yellow-colored, woody root and a stiff stem. The centaury plant grows up to 12 inches tall. It produces smooth, shiny leaves that are pale green in color. Its botanical name is Centaurium erythraea and it is native to southern Europe. Centaury is also found in Northern Africa and Western Asia and has been naturalized in North America. It was used in Ancient Greek culture for medicinal uses and healing purposes. As a natural remedy, the entire herb can be used and is often dried and turned into a powder, tea or tonic. Centaury is closely related to another herb, gentian, which is used in similar medicinal purposes as a cleansing tonic.

Preparation / Dosage

Two spoonfuls of centaury covered with water (200 ml). Cover the court and leave it for 15 minutes. Treat and drink two to three times a day for a cup of tea half an hour before meals.

Anorexia Nervosa

Centaury is a natural appetite stimulant, which can help improve nutrition and eating patterns in people suffering from anorexia nervosa.


Traditional centaury medicinal uses have included reducing inflammation to help treat rheumatic conditions like gout and muscular rheumatism.


Centaury is used as a tonic for helping improve digestive function, which can help prevent constipation.

Intestinal Worms (Helminths)

Centaury has widely been used as a traditional remedy for expelling intestinal worms from the body. Taking a decoction of centaury is known to eliminate helminths and cleanse the body of associated impurities.


Century helps to cleanse the liver and kidney, which can help regulate insulin production in those with diabetes.

Other Benefits:

Improves digestive health, including treating worms

Reduces indigestion and heartburn

Purifies the liver

Cleanses the blood of toxins

Improves kidney function

Helps stimulate appetite

Improves muscle health by reducing inflammation

Treats venomous bites by snakes and other animals

Controls fevers

Manages gout symptoms

Reduces pain


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