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Wormwood

(Artemesia Absinthium)

Wormwood is indigenous to maritime areas of Britain and Europe. It has traditionally been used, as its name implies, as an anti-parasitic for the treatment of intestinal worms, although its Latin name betrays its more notorious heritage. It should be stressed that he use of wormwood in herbal remedies contains too low a concentration of the essential oil to cause any of the effects of the potent narcotic liquor, Absinthe, enjoyed in the nineteenth century France. Indeed the other drink based on wormwood – Vermouth- continues to be popular to this day.

Wormwood contains a large number of powerful constituents, notably: essential oil, sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, phenolic acids, lignins, tannins, resin and silica. As has been mentioned, wormwood is a powerful anti-parasitic and vermifugal, but in addition it has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and carminative qualities. The sesquiterpene lactones have an anti-tumour action and the silica promotes the repair of connective tissue. There is also some evidence of a mild anti-depressant effect. Wormwood has some abortifacient properties and should not be used in pregnancy.


Summary of Actions

Antiparasitic and vermifugal
Anti-spasmodic
Carminative
Anti-Depressant
Anti-tumour