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Common Name: Felwort
Gentianella amarella is a Biennial up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to France, Hungary and the Caucasus.
Basic pastures, usually amongst short grass, and dunes[
Requires a damp humus-rich soil and should be planted in a situation approaching its native habitat[
An aggregate species, individual plants may show unusual features and determinations should be based on small samples of the population[
This species is one of several that can be used as a source of the medicinal gentian root[
]. Gentian has a long history of use as a herbal bitter in the treatment of digestive disorders. It is especially useful in states of exhaustion from chronic disease and in all cases of debility, weakness of the digestive system and lack of appetite[
]. It is one of the best strengtheners of the human system and is an excellent tonic to combine with a purgative in order to prevent its debilitating effects[
]. The root is anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bitter tonic, cholagogue, emmenagogue, febrifuge, refrigerant and stomachic[
]. It is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use[
]. It is quite likely that the roots of plants that have not flowered are the richest in medicinal properties[
The root is anodyne, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bitter tonic, cholagogue, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, pectoral, refrigerant, stomachic. A substitute for G. lutea[
The plant is used in Bach flower remedies - the keywords for prescribing it are 'Doubt', 'Depression' and 'Discouragement''[
Seed - sow in situ as soon as it is ripe in the autumn[