Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium

Wormwood is botanically known as Artemisia absinthium. It is widely known as an effective remedy for treating worms like tape worms, round worms, hook worms etc in the human body. With its narcotic effects, Wormwood was an important part of the popular alcoholic beverages like Absinthe, which is prohibited now. 

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County of Origin Morocco
Therapeutic Properties Antipyretic, Antiseptic, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Vasodilator. Neurotoxin, Abortifacient.
Botanical Family Asteraceae
Chemical Family Ketones
Plant Parts Leaves
Note Classification Middle
Blends well with Anise, Angelica, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Jasmine, Oakmoss

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History: Wormwood’s healing properties were known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks: wormwood was used as an antiseptic in Egyptian medicine, and as a digestive stimulant in medieval Europe. The English name wormwood may come from its traditional use as a vermifuge to expel intestinal parasites. Yet wormwood oil’s most famous use may be in the preparation of absinthe,  an emerald green liqueur with a strong bitter taste. Absinthe was the drink of choice for artists and writers from Vincent Van Gogh to Oscar Wilde for its ability to excite the imagination and the creative mind.

Characteristics: Spicy, warm, bitter-green with a sharp, fresh topnote.

Clinical Studies:

Indications: Used for stimulating the digestion, liver and gall bladder, warts, constipation, intestinal parasites, inducing menstruation.

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Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: none

Safety: Wormwood Essential Oil is poisonous and is basically a neurotoxin. Large doses can cause nervous afflictions, convulsions, restlessness, impulsive behaviour, and even death. Prolonged use can result in permanent damage to the brain and the nervous system, even resulting in insanity. It does have narcotic effects and is highly addictive.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy; Third Edition The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2017
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopedia Britannica. USA, 2014
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    Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium

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    Wormwood is botanically known as Artemisia absinthium. It is widely known as an effective remedy for treating worms like tape worms, round worms, hook worms etc in the human body. With its narcotic effects, Wormwood was an important part of the popular alcoholic beverages like Absinthe, which is prohibited now. 

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