GENTIAN: ” Feel Better with Bitter Moxie”

Antiseptic, Appetite Stimulant, Arthritis, Digestion, Wound Wash

Also Known As: Bitter Root, Bitterwort and Yellow Gentian


The name moxie comes from a bitter soft drink made with gentian that only available in New England. Used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks Romans, Arab and Chinese physicians for it’s healing properties. Gentian was used in beer brewing and is  still used in making liqueurs and vermouths today.


  • Decoction:

Boil 3 cups of water for 30 minutes with 1 teaspoon of powdered root. Cool the liquid. Take 1 tablespoon of liquid before meals. The taste will be very bitter. Add honey if needed.

  • Tincture:

Take 1/4 to 1 teaspoon before meals.

Gentian requires lots of water and shelter from the sun and excessive wind. To germinate, the seeds will need frost and it may take up to a year to see results. Use rich, slightly acidic and loamy soil. Harvest roots in late summer. Dry them and then reduce them to powder.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Seeds should be sown into flats in the autumn. Mix seeds in a moist growing medium, place in a freezer bag, then stratify by refrigeration for two months. Afterwards, sink flats into the ground in a shady area. Close to a wall that faces north is preferred. Provide a plastic covering and make sure soil remains moist.

After a year’s growth transfer the seedlings to a peat pot. The final transfer should be done at the end of the second season of growth in the autumn. Transfer them to a dark area and keep the temperature at 70 to 75°F. Keep plants in full sunlight or partial shade. Water regularly but do not drench.


Germans physicians discourage the use of gentian if you suffer from high blood pressure. The FDA approved gentian for use in foods and alcoholic beverages.