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Home Health Library. Dosage Safety Issues References Artemisia absinthium , or common wormwood, is most famous as an ingredient of the alcoholic beverage absinthe.
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Plant Family: Asteraceae Overview As bitter as wormwood, goes an ancient proverb, and wormwood is indeed one of the most bitter of all plants. Parts Used The whole herb leaf, stem and flowering parts Typical Preparations Soaked in wine or other spirits, as a tea, in some dream and sleep pillows, as a liquid herbal extract and sometimes found in capsules. Summary Wormwood's rather unsavory reputation and the banning of absinthe in the United States has added to the glamour and mystery surrounding it.
These herbs literally taste bitter. Some examples of bitter herbs include greater celandine , wormwood , gentian, dandelion , blessed thistle , yarrow , devil's claw , bitter orange, bitter melon , juniper , andrographis , prickly ash , and centaury..
Bitters are generally taken either by mixing 1—3 ml tincture into water and sipping slowly 10—30 minutes before eating, or by making tea, which is also sipped slowly before eating. Wormwood is sometimes used in combination with carminative gas-relieving herbs for people with indigestion. One double-blind trial found that a combination with peppermint , caraway, and fennel was useful in reducing gas and cramping in people with indigestion.
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The amounts used are the same as the general recommendations for bitters when they are employed for the treatment of indigestion. Several other herbs are traditionally used for treatment of parasites, including male fern Dryopteris filix mas root, tansy Tanacetum vulgare leaf, wormwood , sweet Annie , black walnut Juglans nigra fruit, and cloves Syzygium aromaticum. Numerous case reports and preliminary studies from the late s and early s have suggested some of these herbs can be helpful for some parasitic infections.
Wormwood is perhaps best known because of the use of its oil to prepare certain alcoholic beverages, most notably vermouth and absinthe. Absinthe, popular in the 19th century in Europe, caused several cases of brain damage and even death and was banned in most places in the early 20th century.
As a traditional medicine, wormwood was used by herbalists as a bitter to improve digestion, to fight worm infestations, and to stimulate menstruation. The aromatic oil of wormwood contains the toxins thujone and isothujone. Very little of this oil is present in ordinary wormwood teas or tinctures. These stimulate digestive and gallbladder function.
It is typically combined with herbs such as peppermint or caraway to treat heartburn and even irritable bowel syndrome. Clinical trials are lacking to support the use of wormwood for any indication, however. Tincture, 10—20 drops in water, can be taken ten to fifteen minutes before each meal.
Longer-term use over four weeks or intake of amounts higher than those recommended can cause nausea, vomiting, insomnia , restlessness, vertigo, tremors, and seizures. One study found there were no side effects when using less than 1 ml tincture three times per day for as long as nine months to promote digestive function.
Wormwood is not recommended during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Leung AY, Foster S. Yarnell E, Heron S. Retrospective analysis of the safety of bitter herbs with an emphasis on Artemisia absinthium L wormwood. J Naturopathic Med ;9:in press. All rights reserved. Learn more about Healthnotes, the company. The information presented by Healthnotes is for informational purposes only.