Wormwood, the plant whose scientific name is Artemisia absinthium, is an aromatic plant whose therapeutical properties have been reported in ancient Greece.
Popularly, the wormwood is also called White Pelin or Wormwood and is spread throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Grows up to the plain and the hill, reaching 1 meter high, and is considered to be the most bitter plant on earth.
Wormwood blooms from July to September. It has pale yellow flowers and green-silver / green-gray leaves.
For phytotherapeutic purposes, the wormwood and the top flowers are used. Harvesting takes place at the end of the flowering period.
Wormwood contains volatile oil, bitter principles, tuiol, artamarine, dinine, pinene, sabinen.
Wormwood has antibacterial, collagogue, vermifuge, antimycotic and carminative effects, anti-inflammatory, laxative and diuretic effects. Wormwood is also a gastric, tonic and bitter stimulant.
The infusion of wormwood is made from a teaspoon of dry wormwood to a cup of water that is drunk 5-10 minutes before the meal. Stomach upsets can be treated, as well as liver and gallbladder problems, loss of appetite, and also a hopeful help in eliminating intestinal parasites.
Food intoxications can be removed with a concentrated infusion of wormwood (2 teaspoons of wormwood to 250 ml of water), consumed one cup, daily for one week.
The wormwood powder is obtained from the dry and chopped plant using the coffee grinder. 2-3 g of powder, mixed with honey, taken in the morning, on the empty stomach, is very effective in fighting limbs, oysters and other intestinal parasites.
Wormwood tincture is prepared from 20 grams of dried grain dried plant in 100 ml of 70 degree alcohol. Take 15-20 drops of mint infusion, sweetened with honey, 30 minutes before meals. He is an excellent vermifuge.
Wormwood wine is prepared from 30 grams of a plant (especially flowering peaks) macerated in one liter of white wine for 15 days. Take 50 ml of wine in the morning 20-30 minutes before breakfast for a maximum of 14 days. Of course, with restrictions for those whose diet DOES NOT ALLOW ALCOHOL. It is indicated in dyspepsia, hyperacid gastritis, lack of appetite, constipation, detoxification and intestinal parasites.
Wormwood is the plant used in the preparation of the spirituous drink called absinthe.
Wormwood has hallucinogenic properties, especially when consumed in excess or for a long time. In addition to hallucinations, there are tremors, convulsions, allergic reactions, depression, stomach cramps and sometimes even death. Usually, the proper treatment of wormwood preparations should not take longer than 14 days. It is forbidden to eat wormwood by people who have ulcers or other acute conditions of the digestive system, those with nervous system disorders, or pregnant or breastfeeding women.