Wormwood or Absinthium (Latin name Artemisia Absinthium) belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is found in Europe as well as in Asia, South Africa, Canada, and South America. It blooms from July to August and thrives in temperate climates. It is collected shortly before or at the beginning of flowering and dried for later use. Its name is associated with the Greek goddess Artemis, due to its healing properties. In fact, it was necessary to have it in the houses, because it drove away the “bad” spirits.
Pay close attention to the amount, as large amounts can cause poisoning. The plant contains the compound Thujone which can cause damage to the nervous system.
This herb has been used in the past as a medicinal plant, mainly to improve the function of the liver, gallbladder, and digestive system. In small doses, it can contribute to weight loss, because it digests fats and at the same time has diuretic properties. It helps diabetics with sugar regulation and can fight anemia. Finally, it can be used externally due to its antiseptic properties.
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Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.