Absinthe - Wormwood - Ajenjo
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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.
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.
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 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) called Quighaaosu
has successfully cured thousands of Chinese with malaria.
Wormwood Graphic Link
Wormwood properties Used by Aztec's.
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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