Botanical name: Artemisia absinthium
Wormwood is used for various digestion problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, gallbladderﾠdisease, and intestinal spasms. The herb is primarily used as a bitter to stimulate and invigorate the whole digestive process. Wormwood is also used to treat fever, liverﾠ disease; to increase sexual desire; as a tonic; and to stimulate sweating in fevers. As the name implies, wormwood is also a powerful remedy against worm infestations, especially roundworm and pinworm.
Wormwood is part of the famous recipe for Absinthe distilled liquor, which has a reputation for inducing visions. It is closely related to Mugwort and Southernwood – many of the herbs in the Artemisia family are used for visionary purposes, to increase psychic and spiritual powers, and for protection.
Preparation: Pour 150ml of boiling water over 1 to 1.5g of cut wormwood herb (1 teaspoon) and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink this amount slowly over a day.
Reference: Isabel Shipard (2004), How Can I Use Herbs in My Daily Life?, p.357, David Hoffman (2003), Medical Herbalism, p.530
Wormwood Common Uses
Avoid altogether during breastfeeding and pregnancy. Adverse effects are likely only with overdose. In small doses has beneficial effects on the liver, but in moderate to large doses can be harmful. More is not better!