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iherbinc Gentian is not just a beautiful wildflower, but a medicinal herb as well. Not to be confused with gentian violet dye, the root and bark of this plant are known for several health-promoting properties.

History
Gentian is named for the Illyrian King Gentius who discovered the plant's medicinal qualities. Gentian grows in almost every temperate area of the globe. The root of the plant is a popular flavoring for drinks, most notably Angostura Bitters.

Uses
Gentian extract is used for a variety of health problems. It is commonly given for digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting and gastritis. European soft drinks made with gentian are popular home remedies for gastrointestinal distress and gastritis. The roots are sometimes made into a poultice that is applied to skin for a variety of disorders from heat rash to cancer. Combined with other herbs, gentian is believed by some people to help cure malaria. Although the traditional uses for gentian are diverse, its exact mechanism is not known. It is believed to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow to key areas of the body.

Cautions
There are a few cautions you should know before using gentian. First, it has a very similar appearance to a few poisonous flowers, so making extracts and tinctures at home is not advised. Its effects on fetuses and infants are unknown, so it shouldn't be used by pregnant women or breastfeeding women. In addition, it may lower blood pressure and thus should not be used by people with hypotension.

Gentian is only beginning to gain favor as a remedy in the United States. However, this little flower and its roots have been a favorite natural remedy in Europe and many parts of the world for centuries.

References

Editors; Gentian; WebMD; Accessed February 5, 2015

Jepson, W. L.; A Manual of the Flowering Plants of California; Accessed February 5, 2015

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