Wormwood Herb - Herbal Tea

What is Wormwood?

Wormwood herb, also known as Absinthe Wormwood, is a perennial plant native to the temperate regions of Europe, Asia and Africa. The leaves of the wormwood plant, spirally arranged are silver green and covered with silky silver white hairs. Wormwood grows naturally on arid rocky slopes.

Wormwood plant root is a natural repellent to insects and is often used as a border plant in gardens and can be made into a spray for a natural pesticide. One of the main ingredients in the liquor Absinthe is the Wormwood plant and is used to flavor other liquors as well as being used medicinally.

Wormwood is heavy in lore and is said to be a part of an old love charm that would be performed on St. Luke’s day. It is also believed to have been named after the Goddess Artemis. With exception to Rue, Wormwood is said to be the bitterest herb.

Wormwood Tea

Wormwood tea is prepared by steeping 1 ounce dried herb in 1 pint of boiling water for 10 minutes.

Wormwood Uses & Herbal Remedies

Benefits of Wormwood

Wormwood is mostly considered a medicine for stomach ailments but was traditionally used to help a woman endure labor pains.

According to legend, Wormwood would counteract the poisons of hemlock and other poisonous plants.

Wormwood Cautions

Wormwood is not intended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Wormwood is not considered a safe herb by the FDA and large doses or excessive use can cause major health concerns including convulsions and death.

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