Gentian root is classed as a bitter herb from the Gentianaceae plant family that is native to the Alps and Himalayan Mountains regions. It is said to be named after the Illyrian king, Gentius, who ruled over the western part of the Balkan Peninsula that was eventually conquered by the Romans in 160 BCE. Records show that Gentius was one of the first to discover the plant’s medicinal properties and use it to make healing tonics.
Gentian's most prominent use over the ages was as a powerful digestive tonic that was taken to stimulate digestion and boost the appetite (especially when recovering from illness). Gentian Root is still used in alcoholic aperitifs and digestives such as angostura bitters and campari.
Indigo Herbs is delighted to offer this valuable root in the form of; Gentian Root Tea, Gentian Root Powder and Gentian Root Tincture.