Centaurium (Centaurium erythraea)

Centaurium (Centaurium erythraea) is characterized as a healing herb. It is now used as a diuretic.

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General Information

Centaurium (Latin name: Centaurium Erythraea) belongs to the Gentianaceae family. It blooms from June to October. It is harvested when it blooms and dries for later use.


He owes his name to the Centaur Chiron, who according to Greek mythology was famous for his ability to handle medicinal herbs. He was so famous that his own son Apollo Asclepius received his basic medical knowledge from him. In the titanic battle, he had healed his wound from a poisonous arrow. He was the son of Titan Saturn and Oceanida Filiras who was a goodness of healing among others. When he gave birth to Chiron, he was transformed into a tree now known as Tilia.

Historical References

In traditional medicine, since ancient times, reference has been made to the healing properties of the plant. It was used to treat all diseases except diarrhea. In addition, it replaced quinine in the treatment of malaria.

Health Benefits and Uses

Centaurium is used as a diuretic. It is found as an ingredient in eye pain relief medicine, due to its soothing effect. In addition, it is recommended as an eye enhancer. However, it has traditionally been said that it is only suitable for blue eyes because of its color, while for brown, Platango is more suitable. It improves the function of the kidneys and liver as it purifies the blood. It has a bitter taste that helps digestion and promotes appetite in cases of anorexia.

Centaurium is Available as:

  • Herba

Origin: Albania

Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.