Medicinal Herbs: Gentian and Jewelweed Uses

In this seasonal guide to herbal medicine, learn to identify, harvest, and use two members of the natural medicine cabinet : jewelweed, a traditional poison ivy remedy; and gentian, a digestive aid and anti-inflammatory.



Jewelweed
Jewelweed helps control the itching of a variety of irritations and is a traditional remedy for poison ivy.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ALEKSANDER BOLBOT
Gentiana Flowers in Alps
Gentian's primary medicinal use is as an herbal bitter: it stimulates the digestive juices.
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