The most impressive benefits of wormwood herb include its ability to eliminate cancer cells, prevent fungal infections, and defend against malaria, among others. Wormwood herb is a well-known substance, famed for its inclusion in absinthe, but there are a number of other possible health benefits offered by this legendary herb.
Wormwood is an herbaceous perennial plant that is native to Europe and scientifically known as Artemisia absinthium. This shrub-like plant has been cultivated for its unique active ingredients and potential uses in herbal medicine. This plant is most famous as a key ingredient in absinthe, and while some think of the herb as hallucinogenic, this isn’t necessarily true.
Common Names: Common wormwood, green ginger, madderwort, old woman, absinthium and ajenjo,
Place 1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of dried wormwood leaves in a cup or glass. Pour 1 cup of hot water over the leaves. Some recipes call for water that is hot but not boiling, and others specify boiling water. In either case, it is very important that you use no more than one teaspoon of the leaves as they are very strong and bitter.
Let the tea mixture steep for several minutes. You may sweeten if you like, but it is so bitter that even sweetening it may not alter the taste very much. You may want to drink wormwood tea after meals, since it will be more easily absorbed and digested on a full stomach.
Mix the wormwood tea with another herbal tea, such as peppermint or anise tea, to reduce bitterness. You can steep the leaves in hot or boiling prepared herbal tea.
One of the active ingredients in wormwood is a substance called artemisinin, which is well known to combat malaria in tropical regions of the world. By functioning as an antioxidant and destroying the cell walls of the malaria parasite, using this herb in moderate doses can be an excellent first line of defense against this deadly disease. The anti-parasitic nature of this herb works on other unwanted parasites as well.
Numerous studies have now shown that regular supplementation with wormwood herb can, in some cases, eliminate the need for steroids in patients with Crohn’s disease, as the herb can help to improve overall gut health.
Anecdotal and modern evidence both point to the immune system boost provided by the wormwood herb, including specific defenses against E. coli and Salmonella, as well as a variety of fungal infections, such as the fungi that lead to yeast infections, Candida albicans.
If you are suffering from small intestine bacterial overgrowth, using wormwood is an excellent way to balance the bacteria in your gut and improve your digestive efficiency.
Research has shown that the active ingredient in wormwood, artemisinin, is also able to induce apoptosis in breast cancer cells; more studies are being done on the herb’s effect on other cancers.
Following injury or illness, this herb has been traditionally used to stimulate the appetite and ensure a speedy recovery.
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