Wormwood, medicinal plant used as a digestive stimulant
His botanical name, Artemisia absinthium, remember the French drink, absinthe, favorite of the avant-garde artists of the nineteenth century and highly addictive.
- Parts used: leaves and inflorescences
- Main components: Volatile oil, bitter principle, flavonoids, tannins, lignan, silica, flavonoid polyacetylenes, inulin and hydroxycoumarins.
- Actions: Bitter digestive tonic, anthelmintic, uterine stimulant, colagoga, carminative, choleretic, anti-inflammatory and immune system stimulant.
Use only under optional prescription.
- Tincture. Place 1 drop on the tongue to stimulate digestion and fight sugar dips in the middle of the afternoon.
- Maceration. Add half a teaspoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of hot water, let macerate at night, strain and drink in the morning for lack of appetite, hepatitis, slow digestion and liver congestion,
- Compresses. Dip in maceration and apply to bruises or insect bites.
- Washes. Use a cup of maceration poured to wash the ringworm and other parasitic skin conditions.
- Fluid extract. 2ml (40 drops) well diluted in water on an empty stomach for intestinal parasites; Repeat every two weeks.
Wormwood grows in fertile soils, well drained in full sun; tolerate poor and dry land. Plant the seeds in a seedbed in autumn or spring and transplant them when the shoots acquire a size that allows them to be manipulated. It is found in hedges and wastelands in Europe, Central Asia and areas of the United States; collect the leaves in summer. Cut the aerial parts when it is in bloom.
Warning: Avoid wormwood during pregnancy or in case of hypertension. Do not take during periods exceeding four or five weeks. Using under optional prescription and never exceed the dose.