The gentian (Gentiana lutea) is a herbaceous perennial native to the mountainous regions of Europe and belonging to the Gentianaceae family.
In the Alps and the Pyrenees, they are therefore protected no picking.
Well known to herbalists and widely used in herbal medicine, gentian is a plant that offers many benefits and virtues for health.
- Gardening: how to grow gentian well
Gentian and its health benefits
Gentian is aeffective toning which helps fight asthenia and has an action on the purification of the body.
- Thanks to the effects antioxidants of the flavonoids it contains, gentian is believed to be effective in preventing aging and maintaining the immune system in good condition.
- Tonic and stimulating, gentian infusion (2 g of dried root in a cup of boiling water) is effective for difficult digestion or gastrointestinal complaints (diarrhea, vomiting, gastritis and nausea).
- Gentian also allows gentle elimination of parasites andtowards intestinal (pinworms).
- In case of liver problems, gentian helps in decongestion of the liver and stimulates the gallbladder.
- The action anti-inflammatory gentian is effective against ENT infections and rheumatic pain.
- In external use, gentian treats skin conditions (dermatosis, inflammation, wounds) and helps healing.
Cultivating gentian for its benefits
Gentian is a hardy plant, but it is not always easy to grow. It needs full sun and neutral soil, especially well-drained, even poor.
- Be careful, the gentian fears winter humidity.
- Slugs and rust are the only real enemies of gentian.
Gardening: how to grow gentian well
Gentian in the kitchen for its benefits
In the kitchen, gentian is used in the preparation of various aperitifs, of wines or fromliqueurs. Consume with moderation, of course !
Gentian can also be eaten for dessert; it is added to sorbets or pastries.