Called Absinthium by the Romans for the Latin word absinthial
meaning "bitter". The name Wormwood may have come from the Anglo-Saxon word
wermode meaning "waremood" or "mind preserver", or the Greek word apsinthion
meaning "undrinkable" (because of its bitter taste). The Greeks dedicated
wormwood to the goddess Artemisia. They claimed it counteracted the poisons of
hemlock, mushrooms, and sea dragons! The bitterness is thought to be found in
the Bible, Proverbs 5, under A. herba-alba or A. Judaica. Hippocrates prescribed it for jaundice, rheumatism, anemia, and menstrual
pains. Wormwood has been used medicinally to expel intestinal worms for over
Absinthium, the plant's specific name, denotes the traditional
and most celebrated use of wormwood -- in the potent French drink, Absinthe,
reputedly first prepared by witches.
The plant, via the Old English wermod (spirit mother) and the German wermut,
gives its name to vermouth and is still used as a flavoring.
Biological name: Artemisia Absintium. Description: Approximately 4 feet in height. Dark green in color, leaves are covered in
silky, grayish hairs and have downy undersides. Shrub and bushes are very
coarse, known to spread and sprawl, and are very aromatic. The leaves and roots
exude a substance that restricts the growth of many neighboring plants. Known to
grow wild on roadsides and waste ground. Perennial: Grows from
mid-summer to mid-autumn. Habitat: Native to the Mediterranean
and central Europe. Introduced to North America from Newfoundland, and now
naturalized in many parts of the northeastern United States and Canada.
Constituents: Rich in essential oils including thujone bitters
(absinthum), absinthol, thujyl, bitter sesquiterpene lactones (absinthin,
etc), flavonoids, azulenes, and glycosides. Related Herbs: Related to Mugwort (A. vulgaris), Southernwood (A.
abrotanum), Tarragon(A. dracunculus)and the sagebrushes of
American desert country. Similar garden attractions are Roman Wormwood (A.
pontica) and Old Woman (A. maritima).A quiterpene lactone in Sweet
Wormwood (A. annua) call Quighaaosu has successfully cured thousands of Chinese
Make a brew using 3 to 5 grams of wormwood to 1/2 liter of water
then drink 1/2 glass before meals.
To rid the body of intestinal
parasites: Prepare a brew of 2 grams of Wormwood leaves, 2 grams of Savin to
1 liter of water, boil for 10 min., strain then add 2 drops of Castor oil. With
this remedy apply daily as enema.
For cleaning exposed ulcers and
infected wounds:  Make an infusion of 25 grams of the plant to 1/2 liter of
This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use
as a substitute for standard medical treatments.
Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently
if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion.
We do not advocate the consumption of reputed medicinal plant products
without prior consultation with your physicianor other natural plant products professional.
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