Wormwood is not just an ornamental plant, it’s also considered for its health benefits.
You can call wormwood in different names like Artemisia absinthium, grand wormwood, absinthe, absinthium, and absinthe wormwood.
Here are some of the health benefits of wormwood that I would like to share with you. These are what I’ve seen and collected online.
1. Wormwood May Treat Malaria
In ancient Chinese medicine, they use artemisinin to treat malaria cases.
Artemisinin is an extract that you can get from sweet wormwood. It has certain qualities that can purge protozoan parasites in your blood.
2. Helps With Nervous System Disorders
It’s said that wormwood has a mild narcotic effect.
This can be helpful for people who are suffering from convulsions, epileptic episodes, and hysteric attacks.
Wormwood may also be helpful in relieving different symptoms of anxiety, stress, and pain related to the nerves.
3. Wormwood Can Stimulate Appetite
Making a tonic out of wormwood has been traditionally used to build up an appetite.
Wormwood has an effect that can enhance your digestion and improve the absorption of nutrients in your body.
This effect can especially benefit people who have anorexia nervosa.
4. Enhances The Digestive System
Wormwood seems to be able to treat different kinds of digestive problems.
It is able to relieve indigestion and as mentioned earlier, stimulate better digestion.
This is because it has the ability to stimulate the production of bile. It also supports the health of your gallbladder and liver.
If you want a more potent effect, you can combine wormwood with ginger or peppermint.
5. Wormwood Aids With Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS or irritable bowel syndrome can cause abdominal pains, bloating, cramping, constipation, and diarrhea.
Using wormwood seems to relieve these uncomfortable symptoms.
6. Assists In Detoxification
Your liver plays an important role in detoxifying your body. And wormwood is able to decongest your liver and stimulate its function.
It also has hepatic properties that help in detoxifying your body.
7. Wormwood Is An Effective Insect Repellant
There are a lot of natural ways to repel insects and using wormwood is one of them.
It can also be used against flea infestations in your house.
A good mosquito repellant that I’ve tried before is using lanzones peels. You can check out my article on the health benefits of lanzones here.
8. Has Antimicrobial Properties
Wormwood is a natural antibiotic that can fight certain types of bacteria.
Some of the more known types of bacteria that wormwood can help with are E. coli and salmonella.
A blend of wormwood and other antimicrobial herbs can be potent in preventing diseases caused by these bacteria.
9. Wormwood Has Antifungal Properties
Wormwood has been historically used to treat fungal infections.
One of these is the Candida albicans. It’s a common type of yeast infection that can affect your intestines, mouth, and vagina.
10. Has Antiparasitic Properties
Wormwood is able to stop infections of certain worms in your body that can lead to malnutrition.
Some of these parasitic worms are roundworms and pinworms.
Roundworms cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Pinworms cause itchiness in your anal area.
11. Wormwood Helps Reduce Fever
Wormwood can bring down your temperature which is caused by fever.
It induces sweating so that you can release some of the heat in your body.
There you go. These are just some of the health benefits of wormwood. I didn’t add the others because there were just too few details about it.
Its detoxifying ability will probably my wormwood health benefit pick on the list. What’s yours?
Please make sure to consult with a doctor or medical professional first if you’re thinking of consuming wormwood. This is especially if you’re not familiar with it or haven’t tried it yet.
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