Wormwood is an aromatic yet bitter plant native to the temperate zones of Europe, North Africa and Asia. It flowers from July to October and grows up to 4 feet. In history, it is popular as notable personalities such as Hippocrates, Saint Hildegard, Ernest Hemmingway and Vincent van Gogh have been reported to have used the herb one way or another.
There are many other names for this herb including Absinth, Common Wormwood, Green Ginger, Menu Alvine, Western Wormwood, and Wermutkraut. Some less known names for this herb are: Ajenjo, Alvine, Armoise Amère, Armoise Vulgaire, Herba Artemisae, Indhana, Lapsent, Qing Hao, and Vilayati Afsanteen. Some of these names have variations such as: Absinthe – Absinthites, Absinthium, Absinthii Herba, Absinthe Suisse, Artesian Absinthium, Artemisia Absinthium, Grande Absinthe, Herbe d’Absinthe, and Armoise Absinthe; Armoise – Armoise Commune; Herbe – Herbe aux Vers and Herbe Sainte; Wermutkraut – Wermut and Wurmkraut.
The benefits that can be derived from the herb are the following:
- addressing diseases or problems in the digestive tract such as intestinal spasms, worm infestations, loss of appetite, organ-specific diseases (lover, gall bladder)
- treating wounds and insect bites as well as soothing pain due to irritation
- relieving pain
- lowering blood glucose level
- improving the circulation of blood
- providing antioxidants
- treating Iga nephropathy
Wormwood’s primary benefits are the following:
Helps in combating parasites – Wormwood’s chemicals create an environment that is harmful to parasitic organisms, particularly tapeworms, pin worms, roundworms, and threadworms. Tincture should be used for more than a week for maximum effectiveness. Sugar may be added to drown the bitter taste especially if it is being administered to children.
Aids digestive organs – The herb induces emission of bile because of its glucoside content. Consequently, it helps in curing jaundice, which is a symptom of liver ailments. Furthermore, it increases the level of acidity of the stomach, thereby addressing stomach aches and loss of appetite. Finally, the herb contains chamulzene, which calms irritated digestive organs. Notably, the herb is seen as a good remedy to Crohn’s disease, a disease of the bowel.
Treats IgA nephropathy – There was a study that showed that taking Wormwood reduced the amounts of protein in the urine of people with IgA nephropathy. This ailment is known to impair kidney functions.
Based on this information, you can be sure that Wormwood is definitely a superfood. You can rely on its power to kill parasites, soothe the digestive tract and its organs, and treat kidney disease. It is important to note, however, that the herb has various side effects when more than the acceptable levels is ingested. To harness best the therapeutic properties of the herb, a physician must be consulted.