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Wormwood Remedy

Other Names: Wormwood, Absinthe Wormwood, Green Ginger, Old Woman, Ajenjo, Crown for a King, Artemisia Absinthium
Traditional Usages: Brewing, Antiseptic, Weakness of the Stomach, Gout, Gravel, Bitter Tonic to keep Evil Spirits away, Expel Intestinal Worms, Tapeworms, Threadworms and Roundworms from Cats, Dogs and Humans, Anti-Inflammatory,  Reduce Fevers, Stimulate Digestion, Prevent Heartburn and Flatulence, Wormwood hung in Chicken Coops to deter Flies, Lice and Fleas, To Encourage Menstruation, External Compress during Labour to speed up the Birth Process, Jaundice, Foul Breath, Nausea, Vomiting, Travel Sickness (Before Journey), Malaria, Increase Sweating
Resources: Siberia, US, Europe, Southeast Asia, Mediterranean, Russia, Himalayas, Vietnam,Japan, Korea
Parts Used: Flowers, Leaves, Roots
Administration Method: Cut herb for infusions and decoctions, herb powder, also extracts and tinctures as liquid or solid forms of medication for oral administration.  
Herb Action: Antibiotic, antiseptic, antirheumatic, antimalarial (some species), antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, bitter digestive tonic, bile stimulant, carminative, diuretic, digestive, expels worms, expectorant, induces perspiration, menstrual regulator, uterine stimulant
Herbal Warnings: Avoid during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding. Avoid heavy doses or prolonged usage as this may prove toxic.
Wormwood contains thujone, a narcotic poison that can damage the nervous system and cause mental deterioration. The levels vary considerably among the different species, however, and usually very high doses over a period of years are required before any effects are noted.


Wormwood - Herbal  remedy for Malaria: Wormwood is very effective against malaria. It is thought to be particularly useful in treating drug resistant malaria. Wormwood tea is prepared by adding one teaspoon of the dried herbs (stems, leaves, flowering parts) to 250 millilitres cup of boiling water. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Drink three cups of the tea daily.
Health Warning: People SHOULD NOT use wormwood tea for longer than three weeks as the wormwood has toxic constituents that are harmful if ingested in large quantities and for extended periods of time. 

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies
   

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