Product: Gentian Root
Latin Name: Gentiana lutea syn. Asterias hybrid, Asterias lutea, Coilantha biloba, Gentiana major.
Plant Family: Gentianaceae
Other Names: Yellow Gentian, Bitter Root, Bitterwort, Centiyane, Gall Weed, Gentiane, Gentiane Jaune, Racine Amère, Stemless Gentian, Wild Gentian & Genciana.
Description: Gentian is a herbaceous perennial plant, native to the Alps and southern and central Europe. It reached a height of between 1–2 metres and has broad lanceolate leaves that are 10–30 cm in length. Whorls of yellow flowers sit above the leaf nodes and occur up the stem at periodic intervals.
Brief History: Gentian root is named after the 2nd Century A.D. Greek king of the Illyriads, Gentius, whom it is written discovered the merits of gentian. Medieval apothecaries were fond of using gentian as an antidote to poison, Culpeper says of gentian “… it comforts the heart and preserves it from fainting and swooning…”, whilst Gerard recommends using it for “… evill livers and bad stomackes”.
SUGGESTED USEThe root is very bitter and was used when brewing beers to add a bitter flavour before the use of hops; gentian root is also a chief ingredient in Angostura bitters. The root is also used in the cosmetic industry.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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