Gentian is a medicinal plant with useful benefits to take care of the liver, stimulate the appetite and against flatulence. Discover useful natural remedies to enjoy its qualities.
The gentian is a wonderful herb. We have already spoken to you about it at other times, although this time we want above all to develop a little more information, making this medicinal plant more known, the active principles that this plant contains, its characteristics and we also present a series of remedies homemade and natural that we can prepare with gentian to treat various conditions.
The Gentian belongs to the family of the “Gencianáceas” and its scientific name is “GentianLuteal “. It stands out mainly for its tonic properties, due to the bitter principles that this plant possesses, it is considered a very effective tonic capable of toning without causing irritation.
In addition to bitter principles, gentian contains other active principles that we detail below:
- The bitter principles it contains are genciopicrin, amarogentina.
Gentian contains other beneficial properties that we highlight below:
- Gastric stimulant.
These properties make this medicinal plant useful and beneficial as a natural remedy to treat and improve various conditions:
- Stimulate the appetite.
- Stimulate digestion, in cases of slow or difficult digestion.
- Stimulate gastric secretions.
- For flatulence.
- To stimulate liver function,
- In cases of liver failure.
- To increase and strengthen defenses.
Gentian can be used for both internal and external consumption.
In external use it is used to improve skin conditions such as psoriasis, to stop hair loss, gentian is part of various preparations for this purpose; it is also used to eliminate dandruff.
To prepare the different natural and home remedies, the root and rhizome of this plant are used.
Gentian can be found in natural product stores, herbalists, Para pharmacies, online, and in various formats: dry root to prepare infusions, decoctions, tincture, extract, flower essence.
Discover how to prepare 5 home remedies with gentian
Gentian flavor is bitter, if we prepare it for internal consumption, we can sweeten it with a little honey, brown cane sugar or stevia, so we can take it better.
Gentian tonic for cleansing purposes
To prepare this tonic we need two tablespoons of dried gentian root and two cups of cold mineral water.
We put the two tablespoons of gentian soak in the amount of water to marinate overnight.
We strain the tonic and we will have a glass twice a day.
Gentian root remedy to stimulate the liver
This remedy is effective in stimulating liver functions, one of the properties of gentian.
To prepare this remedy you have to make gentian root maceration. We need 5 grams of gentian root and a liter of cold mineral water.
We soak the gentian root in the water to marinate for 5 hours. After time we strain and we can have a glass before or after meals.
Decoction of gentian for flatulence cases
Gentian is beneficial to help improve cases in which we suffer from flatulence, helping us to expel them or preventing their appearance.
To prepare the decoction we need half a teaspoon of gentian root and a cup of mineral water, we boil everything together for 5 minutes.
Of this remedy we can take 3 cups a day and before meals.
Gentian infusion to relieve stomach pain
Among the benefits of gentian, there are digestive benefits; this infusion of gentian helps us to relieve pain or heaviness in the stomach.
We will prepare this infusion with half a teaspoon of gentian root and a cup of mineral water. We put the water to boil and once it is boiling we add the gentian root.
We keep the boil for 3 minutes, turn off the heat, cover the infusion and let it rest for 15 minutes. We strain the infusion and when it is warm we can take it.
We can take a cup of this infusion before meals, or when you have a stomach ache due to heavy digestion.
Gentian infusion to lighten spots and freckles on the skin
This remedy applied day by day is beneficial to lighten blemishes on the skin. Both for age spots, on the hands and face, and to lighten freckles.
To prepare this infusion we need the amount of 5 grams of dried gentian root and a cup of mineral water.
Boil the water and once it is boiling add the gentian root and keep it boiling for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover the infusion and leave it to rest for 30 minutes.
We strain the infusion and when it is cold we can use it. To apply this remedy we need a cotton pad or ball that we will moisten in the infusion. We apply on the spots or freckles, at night. Little by little we will notice how they are clarifying.
Gentian in internal consumption does not usually present side effects as long as the instructions that the professionals guide us or what they indicate in the product leaflets are followed.
Therefore we should not go overboard with the doses and consult with professionals. However, the consumption of gentian is contraindicated in these cases:
- In people allergic or intolerant to gentian.
- During pregnancy.
- During the lactation period.
- In children under 2 years of age.
- In case of suffering from hypertension.
- In case of gastritis or ulcer.