LATIN NAME: Gentianae Macrophyllae.
CHINESE NAME: Qin Jiao.
BOTANICAL INFORMATION: Gentianae Macrophyllae is a perennial herbaceous plant with a thick rhizome and rosette of large basal leaves. Flowers are dark blue, collected in whorls, located on the top of the stem and in the sinuses of the upper leaves. Blossoms from the middle of June to the middle of August.
Gentianae contains bitter glycosides that increase intestinal motility. The root of the plant includes bioflavonoids, about 6% of essential and fatty oils, bitterness, sucrose, pectins, gums and mucus. The leaves contain an impressive amount of ascorbic acid.
DID YOU KNOW?
The plant was named after King Gentius - Gentianae.
RECIPES WITH GENTIANAE:
Infusion: Pour 200 ml of boiling water over 1 tbs of chopped root. Infuse for 2 hours, then filter. Take 1 tbs 3 times a day.
Decoction: Add 1 tbs of rhizome to 250 ml of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, then infuse it for 20 minutes and filter. Take 1 tbs 3 times a day before meals. This decoction improves appetite greatly.
Tincture: Take a glass jar. Pour 500 ml of vodka over 50 gr of chopped root. Leave the container in a dry, dark, cool place for 10 days. When ready, filter it and take 20 drops diluted in 100 ml of water 3 times a day 20 minutes before meals.
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*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.