Botanical Name: Erythraea centaurium
- English: Red Century, Common Century
- Also, Known As: Centaury Gentian, Bitter Herb, Feverwort, Filwort, Centory, Feverwort, Minor centaury, Lesser centaury, Centaury herb, Centaurri herba, Christ's ladder, Bitterbloom, Bitter Clover, Bitter Herb, Canchalagua, Centaura Menor, Centaurea Menor, Centaurium erythraea, Centaurium minus, Centaurium umbellatum, Centaury Gentian, Centory, Christ's Ladder, Common Centaury, Drug Centaurium, Erythraea centaurium, Érythrée, Eyebright, Feverwort, Filwort, Lesser Centauru, Minor Centaury, Petite-Centaurée, Petite Centaurée Commune, Petite Centaurée en Ombelle, Petite Centaurée Rouge, Rose Pink, Wild Succory.
Part used: Whole plant
Erythroea centaurium is a small annual herb and around 2ft.in height. The root is yellowish, fibrous and woody. The stem stiff, square and erect, 8-30 cm in height, often branching considerably at the summit. The leaves are oval, pale green color, smooth and shiny, their margins undivided. The lowest leaves are broader than the others, narrowed at the base, blunt at the end and form a spreading tuft at the base of the plant, while the stalk less stem-leaves are pointed and lance shaped, growing in pairs opposite to one another at somewhat distant intervals on the stalk, which is crowned by flat tufts of rose-colored, star-like flowers, with five-cleft corollas. The whole herb is used in medicine.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup of teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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