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Wormwood Dry herb

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Artemisia absinthium
Green Ginger, Absinthium
Parts Used: Above ground portion.
Properties: Abortifacient, Alterative, Anthelmintic, Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Aromatic, Bitter Tonic, Carminative, Cholagogue, Digestive Tonic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Stomach Tonic, Vermifuge.
Internal Uses: Anemia, Arthritis, Bloating, Childbirth, Colds, Depression, Fever, Flatulence, Gallstones, Heartburn, Hepatitis, Jaundice, Lead Poisoning, Parasites, Rheumatism, Worms
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.

Wormwood helps increase secretions of the liver and gall bladder.
During childbirth it is used for pain and a retained placenta. Wormwood is also used against roundworms and threadworms.

Absinthine is a narcotic analgesic that affects the medullary portion of the brain concerned with pain and anxiety, inducing a dreamy creative state. It gives people a different view of reality.
The bitter flavor stimulates digestive secretions.
When used in small amounts, thujone works as a brain stimulant.

Topical Uses: Bruises, Insect Bites, Insect Repellent, Itchy Skin, Lice, Muscle Soreness, Pain, Scabies

Topical Applications: Use a liniment or compress for bruises, sore muscles, bites and pain.
Wash for lice, scabies and itchy skin. Leaves are dried and burned as a purifying smoke.
It is an insect repellent and made into a spray to deter pests in organic gardening.
Because mice dislike the plant, authors would mix a bit of Wormwood juice into their ink so that their manuscripts would not get eaten.
Use sachets to keep moths away from clothes. Has been used in traditional smoking mixtures. Foot bath for sore feet.

Culinary uses: Stuffing for goose and other poultry as well as fish. It can season corn dishes such as posole, but use sparingly since it is very bitter. Used in Cinzano wine, vermouth, martinis.

Energetics: Bitter, Pungent, Cold, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (absinthol, azulenes, camphene, cineol, isovaleric acid, pinene, thujone, sesquiterpene lactones [absinthin]), bitters (absinthium), flavonoids (quercitin), polyacetylenes.

Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy. Use internally only when needed as a medicine. Large doses are toxic and can cause nausea, vomiting, vertigo, restlessness and delirium. Safe in small doses, dangerous in large ones.

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