Information on Wormwood

Latin NameArtemisia absinthium
Other NamesAbsinthe
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy and nursing. Not for long-term use. Do not exceed 1.5 grams of dried herb in tea, two to three times daily. The tea is much safer than the tincture, because the toxic terpene thujone is not very water soluble. The leaf
Botanical InfoA large woody garden plant from Europe with profuse gray-green feathery leaves and sprays of small, yellow flower heads.
DescriptionWormwood is a time-honored remedy for strengthening the stomach and gallbladder. It is especially popular in Europe, where it is commonly prescribed for people with painful digestion (dyspeptics). It has been used as a bitter to stimulate bile, to increase the appetite, and to expel worms. Wormwood is used in Chinese medicine to clear summer heat, for lingering fevers, and for nosebleeds.
Make the tea by steeping 1 ounce of the herb in 10 ounces of water for 15 minutes. Strain and drink 1/2 cup 30 minutes to 1 hour after meals, hot.

Wormwood has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.


Infusion1/2 cup 30 minutes before meals
Tincture20-30 drops in a little hot water

Ailments Treated by Wormwood

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Wormsanthelmintictea, tincture
Appetite, lack ofbitter digestive stimulanttea, tincture
Indigestionaromatic bittertea, tincture
Gallbladder problemsaromatic bittertea, tincture


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