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Wormwood 100gr

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Wormwood possesses the general action of bitter herbs, and therefore stimulates and strengthens the entire digestive process. Can be used in cases of indigestion, especially when it is caused due to insufficient quantity or quality of gastric fluids. It is powerful medicinal to treat parasitism, especially for askarida and oxyouro. It also helps the body to deal with fevers and infections. Due to its general tonic action is beneficial in many different situations because it benefits the body in general.

Philip Kouvatsos Clinical dietician-nutritionist

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Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) belongs to the Asteraceae (Compositae) family and is also known as absinthe wormwood, absinthium or grand wormwood. In Greece it is known as apsithia, agriapsithia, apistia, pelino, avrovotano, etc and it grows in Epirus, the Agrafa region, Kefalonia, Crete and other regions.

This rare perennial, herbaceous plant grows naturally on uncultivated, arid ground. Its Latin name derives from the Greek name Artemis, who was the goddess of the hunt and protector of women and children.

Wormwood grows 50-120cm tall. Leaves are spirally arranged, basal, greenish-grey above and white below, covered with silky silvery-white hairs. Flowers are small, tubular, pale yellow and they appear from early summer to early autumn. Parts used are leaves and flower tops. There are about 300 wormwood species worldwide.

Wormwood has been cultivated since biblical time, used against epidemic diseases and as an insectifuge. In the Bible, its bitter taste metaphorically stands for sins. Hippocrates mentions that it was considered to strengthen memory, rationale and vision and alleviate muscular, joint and connective tissues pain. It was also believed to improve the sleep and it was placed in pillows for this reason. During the time of cholera and plague, people used to hang this herb in their houses or burn its branches and incense all the rooms.

Dioscorides writes in his book "De Materia Medica" that if ink is mixed with wormwood infusion, mice are kept away from papyrus. Distilled essential oil of wormwood is a basic ingredient in the liquor absinthe. In the 19th century absinthe consumption was considered a serious social problem, similar to drugs nowadays. Use of this essential oil as an aromatic substance was banned in the early 20th century, when the chemical thujone, present in this oil, was blamed for illusions and harmful effects on the nervous system when taken in overdose. Nevertheless, absinthe oil is still used today as an ingredient of liquors in Italy, Spain and in German vermouth.

Wormwood is rich in essential oils (absinthol, thujone and isovalerianic acid), bitter terpens and flavonoid glucosides. Lactone toumerisin is isolated in pharmaceutical industry and used for lung inflammations, bronchial asthma and dyspnea in cases of heart failure. Its bitter and volatile substances increase digestive fluids flow and benefit appetite and liver function. Wormwood acts as a bitter tonic, antiflatulent, vermifuge, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Traditional uses of wormwood are many and most of them have been verified on the basis of its constituents. It stimulates the liver, the uterus and the digestive and the nervous system. It cures intestinal worms. Wormwood tea stimulates the appetite, helps digestion, relieves from burning sensation in the stomach, gastritis with low acidity and also acts as a mild laxative. It is used in liver failure, diabetes and gynecological problems such as metrorrhagia and leucorrhea. It is also antipyretic and expectorant in cases of cold, cough and inflammations of the upper respiratory system. A powder made from its roots can be used, combined with sugar or on its own, in cases of epilepsy and convulsion. Daily dosage in this case is 1-3 teaspoonfuls. It is also recommended for stones in the urinary system and edemas. As a decoction or in rice porridge, it is used for liver diseases, as a cholagogue, for jaundice and poisonings (especially mushroom poisonings). A decoction or an infusion can also be taken for painful menstruation, menstruation disorders, alcoholism, and malaria.

To prepare an infusion, pour 1-2 teaspoonfuls of dried herb in a cup of boiling water and let it infuse for 1-15 minutes. Filter and drink up to 3 times daily. If it tastes too bitter, you can add honey. Wormwood should only be used for specific time periods and in specific dosage. Prolong use and overdose can be harmful for the nervous system. Overdose can be poisonous as it can harm the brain and cause convulsion. It should not be used during pregnancy or in young children. It should not be used for more than 2 weeks.

*Sakis Kouvatsos, “Chaniotika nea”

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