A Hungarian legend tells that during a large plague without solution, despite human efforts, an angel appeared in a dream to King Ladislaus the Saint, who said that at the dawn, when they wake up, he would have had to pull an arrow in the sky; this would show the plant to give his people. The next morning the King did so and the arrow fell on a Gentian which was immediately gave to the population, as indicated by the angel, and the people were saved.
Since this, the plant in Hungary is called Szent Laszlo Kirali Fure, grass of the Holy King Ladislaus.
Other legends tell of knights hit by spells of love for the beauty of the plant, for the magnificence of its colors and its charm.
Very complex and controversial is the etymology origin.
Pliny tells us that the gentian derives from the greek Ghentiané, derived from Genthios, name of the king of Illyria who first would have discovered it, but this is not credible, since there are no conclusive historical elements.
According to others would bring to a Roman doctor that had the same name as the plant.
Authoritative modern studies argue, however, that the etymological connection is only in the fact that Genthios and Ghentiané have phonetic similarity with Gentian and that the plant grows on mountains as Illyria. In reality the name was already existed, as can be seen from the oldest Latin plant, Kikenda, meaning light, candle, firefly.
The idea of light, referred to the Gentian, does not surprise us too much if we think about the brightness of the flower, its splendor in the time of flowering and if we consider that the herbal alchemy includes this plant among those belonging to the sun, as an expression of solar symbol.
The Gentian Lutea or Yellow Gentian is one of the best among the many hundreds of existing species; known since antiquity, its medicinal properties have always been exploited by doctors of all time. Pliny the Elder (first century BC.) in his work Naturalis Historia, suggested it for as bitter digestive tonic, to fight many diseases of the digestive system. Dioscorides, in his treatise De Arte Medica, advised gentian for its great therapeutic virtues of solar type, related to its particular color.
During the Middle Ages it was prescribed to fight especially sore mother or hysteria and headaches.

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The presence of any sediment at the bottom of the bottle is indicative of genuineness.

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