(Gentiana lutea)


This is a popular bitter type of tonic used for the treatment of digestion problems as well as an appetite stimulant. Because of its bitter properties, it stimulates the secretion of stomach acid and produces saliva. Because of this, you may be recommend taking this herb before or with large meals.

Its most common form is in liqueurs, vermouths, and a variety of other bitter-tasting cocktails.

How It May Benefit You...

  • digestive disorders

  • loss of appetite

  • arthritis

  • exhaustion

  • helps the liver

  • weakness

  • irregular menstrual cycle. (Take internally.)


Upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting may develop from taking gentian. Use only under the direction of a Health Professional if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure (hypertension), or serious gastrointestinal conditions.

Do not give gentian to children under 2 years of age.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.


Gentian is available as dried roots, various drinks and in tincture.