Scientific Name:Artemisia absinthium L.
About this Herb:Native to Europe, Wormwood is a silvery silky-haired plant with droopy yellow flowers. Its leaves and flowers are used in the making of tinctures, infusions and powders. The bitter dark oil that Wormwood produces is used in the making of absinthe, which is illegal in some states.
Common Names:Absinth, Absinthe, Absinthium, Absinth Wormwood, Ajenjo, Common Wormwood, Green Ginger, Old Woman
Uses:The leaves and flowers are used for stomach ailments and as an appetite stimulant. Used to relieve indigestion, heartburn and flatulence, its powdered flowers are used as a treatment for worms and other parasite infestations.
Try soaking a cloth in Wormwood tea and applying the cloth to sprains, bruises and itchy rashes to accelerate the healing process.
To relieve pain from gout, arthritis, neuralgia or rheumatism, rub the area with Wormwood oil, avoiding mucus membranes and eyes.
Dried Wormwood can be used in place of mothballs and as an insect repellant.
Applications:Tincture: You may take 8 drops 1 to 3 times a day. Adding sugar or honey helps disguise the bitter taste.
Infusion: Add 1 tsp. of leaves to ½ cup boiling water and steep. Take 1 tsp. throughout the day until gone.
Powder: Add ¼ tsp. to liquid and drink. 1 to 3 times a day.
Oil: 2 drops 3 times a day. Not to exceed 12 drops a day.