Cnicus benedictus – Centaurea benedicta – Against rot and fermentation

Cnicus benedictus - Centaurea benedicta - Against rot and fermentation

Doctor’s tree – This is a plant from the Mediterranean, from where it reached Central Asia, Iraq and Syria. Practically the entire Caucasus and Asia Minor. In Poland, it is cultivated very rarely and often goes wild. It has been cultivated in Europe since ancient times. Mainly in monastery gardens, where it was believed to have a wide spectrum of activity. Therefore, its Latin name is benedictus, which means blessed.

Doctor’s tree – This is a plant from the Mediterranean, from where it reached Central Asia, Iraq and Syria. Practically the entire Caucasus and Asia Minor. In Poland, it is cultivated very rarely and often goes wild. It has been cultivated in Europe since ancient times. Mainly in monastery gardens, where it was believed to have a wide spectrum of activity. Therefore, its Latin name is benedictus, which means blessed.

The Renaissance physician and botanist Pietro Andrea Gregorio Mattioli (1501 – 1577) in his “Herbarium” recommended applying the herb to the affected skin. With purulent conditions and various skin problems. Old medical prescriptions recommend consuming the herb for general stimulation of the body, in the form of Benedictine wine or beer. In the literature we will find laudatory descriptions of the plant: “already one glass of infusion a day has a beneficial effect on our digestive tract”.

Herbalists used the herb even during plague epidemics because they believed it purified the blood and removed rot. Scratch tree root is sometimes added to some liqueurs or wines, giving them a bitter taste. It contains a number of biologically active substances. The most important are: terpenes, tannins, and mucus, salts, bitters and flavonoids, but also minerals. Such as magnesium and calcium salts, potassium, as well as B vitamins, nicotinic acid, etc. Infusions act as a general strengthening agent, treating weakness of the digestive tract, eliminating abdominal pain and indigestion. It stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, helps treat liver and gallbladder diseases, supports the secretion of bile.

Suppresses pathological fermentation and putrefaction in the intestines, has an antibacterial effect. In general, it supports the activity of the digestive system very well, even in the elderly and sick. It is also suitable for children suffering from anorexia and indigestion. Externally, it is used in the form of baths and compresses for skin inflammation, eczema, psoriasis or ulcers. Long-term use is not recommended for people with severe kidney problems. Because in higher doses it can cause nausea and vomiting and kidney irritation. Therefore, it is most often used in mixtures.

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