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Absinthe - Wormwood - Ajenjo

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Introduction to Wormwood:

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 3500 years.

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.
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.
Grows from mid-summer to mid-autumn.
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.
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 with malaria.

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Wormwood properties Used by Aztec's.

  1. Stimulates the appetite,
  2. helps digestion,
  3. expels intestinal parasites,
  4. promotes menstruation in weak women,
  5. fights abnormal and white discharge and externally it is used for infected wounds or exposed ulcers.

Aztec Method of Use.

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 water.

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CAUTION: 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 FATAL 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. Consult Your Physician Before Using a Herbal Remedy!


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