Artemisia Vulgaris or Common wormwood is a plant that grows in Europe, Asia, and North America. Both the aerial parts and the root are commonly used in medicine to treat various medical conditions.
Wormwood contains flavonoids, volatile oil, triterpenes, coumarin derivatives and a sesquiterpene lactone and has antibacterial, antifungal, antiasthmatic and expectorative properties. The plant is mainly used to treat digestive tract disorders, such as stomach pain, stomach acidity or bowel complaints.
But wormwood has other benefits in herbal medicine, being used as a cure for parasitic infections (threadworm, roundworm and tapeworm), menstrual pain and cramps, colds, fever, asthma, kidney problems, and bronchitis.
The plant is said to have mild sedative and narcotic properties so it can be used to promote sleep for people suffering from insomnia and as a remedy for nervousness, depression or exhaustion. Wormwood can also be used as a remedy for constipation thanks to its mild purgative abilities.
How to prepare wormwood syrup for digestive problems
Take a 400 g glass jar and fill 1/4 of its content with freshly chopped wormwood leaves. Add honey until the jar is filled to the top, put the lid on and let it sit for 30 days. Strain the liquid and take one teaspoon of this syrup 15 minutes before each meal.
Wormwood with honey syrup helps clean the body of toxins, reduces bloating, acts as a laxative and can be used as a treatment for digestive diseases.
Take 3 tablespoons of dried wormwood,1 kg of sugar, the zest and juice of a lemon, 1 liter of water and 300 ml of alcohol. Make an infusion from wormwood and water and strain it. Add the juice and zest of the lemon and boil for 15 minutes. Let it cool down and then add the alcohol. Take 5 teaspoons each day to treat digestive disorders.
In a liter of white wine, add ten crushed wormwood stalks. Let the liquid macerate for three weeks, and then strain it. Take 1-3 tablespoons of wormwood of wine before or after a meal. This remedy stimulates the activity of the digestive tract, fights bloating and indigestion. The therapy should last for three weeks. Wormwood can also be used as an essential oil, but you have to be very careful when you utilize it for medicinal purposes. Do not use it for prolonged periods. Wormwood essential oil is used as an anti-helmitic, vermifuge, febrifuge, insecticide, deodorant, emmenagogue and digestive substance.
Wormwood should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women. The plant contains thujone, a chemical which is toxic in large dosage. Use wormwood as a medicinal herb only under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor and see how you can use wormwood to stimulate digestion and support the liver and gallbladder function. The benefits of this plant can be increased when it is combined with other digestive herbs, such as ginger or peppermint. Wormwood can be easily found along roadsides and in weedy areas.