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Common Wormwood is a herb native to Europe, North America and Siberia. It often grows along roadsides and fences. Wormwood has grayish or white stems covered with fine hairs. The yellowish-green leaves are hairy and silky, and havea very aromatic scent.
Wormwood is a member of the daisy or Asteraceae family. The species name absinthium means “without sweetness”.Wormwood is named after the Greek goddess Artemis; the goddess of hunting and childbirth.
The use of combining Wormwood leaves with alcohol is ancient. For centuries, its many uses have included: a repellent for moths and fleas as well as a worming medicine for animals and people. Both Pliny, a Naturalist, and Diosorides, a Physician and Pharmacist, included several applications for Wormwood in addition to being effective remedy against worms.
Wormwood has also been used in rituals by adding it to herbal incense to increase psychic abilities and to help dissipate anger and negativity.
It is traditionally used as a bitter tonic and helps to support the digestive tract. The bitter compounds in Wormwood are responsible for the therapeutic properties of the plant. The energetics of Wormwood is cooling.
Wormwood has an affinity forstimulating and invigoratingthe whole digestive process. It may be used where there is indigestion. Wormwood has been traditionally used, and is most known, for the treatment of parasites.
How to use:
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Wormwood to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
Do not use if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart failure. Use in small doses.
You shouldn’t take wormwood regularly for over 4 weeks. This duration is considered long term, and the herb’s long-term safety and side effects are unknown.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.