Counter magick herb; snake removing.
Adds power to any magickal workings.
Used to repel anger and hurtful energy.
Also Called: Bitter Herb, Lesser Centaury, Feverwort
One of the most useful bitter herbs, centaury strengthens digestive function, especially within the stomach. By increasing stomach secretions it hastens the breakdown of food, it also stimulates the appetite and increases bile production.
The plant needs to be taken over a number of weeks and an infusion should be slowly sipped so that the components (their bitterness can be detected at a dilution of 1:3,500) can stimulate reflex activity throughout the upper digestive tract.
The whole herb is appetizer, aromatic, bitter, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, emetic, weakly febrifuge, hepatic, stomachic and tonic.
It acts on the liver and kidneys, purifies the blood and is an excellent tonic for the digestive system.
Externally, the fresh green herb is said to be a good application to wounds and sores.
It is often used in combination with other herbs such as camomile (Chamaemelum nobile), meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) and marshmallow (Althaea officinalis).
A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant. It is used in the treatment of liver and gall bladder ailments.