Wormwood - Artemisia absinthium.
Has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes to reduce pain and swelling and to treat digestion problems, intestinal worms, and skin infections. You may have heard about it being used in the alcoholic beverages, absinthe and vermouth. The bitter-tasting plant has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes to reduce pain and swelling and to treat digestion problems, intestinal worms, and skin infections.
Artemisinin, a compound found in wormwood, is thought to have potent anti-inflammatory effects. Historically, wormwood has been used to treat pain from labor, premenstrual pain, and joint and muscle pain. Much of the research regarding wormwood’s anti-inflammatory effects has been centered on its use in people with osteoarthritis (“wear-and-tear arthritis”) and rheumatoid arthritis.
Wormwood has also been shown to have potent antibacterial and antifungal activity.
Wormwood has long been used to treat indigestion, flatulence, gastritis, and symptoms of gallbladder disease. It is thought that terpenes in wormwood stimulate saliva, stomach mucus, and intestinal secretions that can help ease digestive symptoms.
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