So what is wormwood? It is Artemisia absinthium. This spicy, bitter tasting perennial belongs to the Asteraceae or Compositae family, more commonly known as the daisy family. Wormwood has an aromatic odor and like many species of the artemisia family it has medicinal properties that we have been able to benefit from for centuries. This bitter artemisia plant is native to Europe and parts of Africa and Asia. Today, it also grows wild in the U.S. You might see it along roads, sidewalks or paths. In size, wormwood is compared to be like that of a shrub so the plant also has the name shrub wormwood and it typically grows to be one to three feet tall. The gray-green or white stems are covered by fine hairs and yellowish-green leaves that are hairy and silky. The leaves of the plant have what are called glands that contain resinous particles where the natural insecticide is stored.
Wormwood has been known to kill intestinal worms, round worms and pin worms, which is the reason it is highly sought after when people want to eliminate parasites. It is one of the ingredients in what is arguably the most powerful antimalarial on the market. Studies have shown that wormwood is not only able to kill parasites, but cancer cells as well. Its medicinal effects are able to help treat anorexia, jaundice, indigestion, insomnia, anemia, upset stomach and flatulence. Wormwood has also been used to treat Crohn’s Disease in addition to being used for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Purchase organic wormwood tea here with us.