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Centaury – Centaurium erythraea

This plant’s name comes from the Latin word centum - hundred and aurum - gold, which means medicine that is worth gold.

Centaury is annual plant, which reaches half a meter in height with erect stem that branch on the top. The egg-shaped leaves are arranged in a rosette-form and become thin towards the top of the stem. The flower is red-pink, yellow anthers, petty, and it is placed on top of the plant. This herb grows in lowlands and mountain areas, along woodlands, pastures and meadows. Over-ground part of this herb is used that is bitter-tasted; therefore it possesses aperitif effects helping in treatment of stomach, intestines and bile. Centaury is used to calm the stomach upsets, it stimulates the secretion of gastric juice, and improves appetite, blood and defensive power of the body.


Expert report on natural landmarks in the municipality of Novaci
Prepared by: Bozidar Boshkovski