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American Centaury

What is American Centaury? 

American Centaury (Erythraea centaurium) is an herbaceous perennial plant and member of the Asteraceae family. It is native to Europe, but is also found in North America, Asia, and Australia. The plant is low-growing and can reach up to 30cm in height. It has leaves that are a bright green colour and small flowers in shades of pink, purple, and white. 

Where is American Centaury generally used?

American Centaury has been used for centuries in herbal medicine. It has properties that can reduce inflammation and irritation, making it a beneficial remedy for a range of skin conditions, digestive issues, and respiratory illnesses. It is also sometimes used to help promote wound healing, reduce fevers, and address kidney issues. 

Where is American Centaury found? 

American Centaury is found in many parts of Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. It is usually found in dry areas and on clay soils. It can tolerate light shade but prefers sunny areas. The plant is popular with gardeners as it is very easy to grow and propagate. 

What are the health benefits of American Centaury?

  • Reducing inflammation: American Centaury has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to reduce redness and swelling associated with skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. 
  • Fighting infections: American Centaury contains compounds that have antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help to fight infections. 
  • Relieving pain: American Centaury may also have pain-relieving properties which can help to ease headache, muscle aches, and other types of pain. 
  • Supporting respiratory health: The compounds in American Centaury can help to reduce congestion and soothe coughing. 

Interesting Facts about American Centaury: 

  • American Centaury was introduced to North America in the 1800s as an ornamental plant. 
  • The name “centaurium” comes from the Greek myth of the centaur, a half-man, half-horse creature. 
  • American Centaury is sometimes called “Gentian” or “Sourgrass” due to its sour taste. 

List of other similar ingredients:

  1. Greater Celandine
  2. Fern-leaved Cinquefoil
  3. Wild Gentian
  4. Bitterwort
  5. Marsh Mallow
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