The medicinal plant wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is widely known for all its healing powers and is one of the most valued and long-used medicinal plants. The ancient Greeks considered it a true symbol of health. Although it is a symbol of bitterness, its name comes from the Greek word artemis which means healthy.
Legend has it that it was named after the goddess Artemisia, the protector of women, because one plant species of this genus was used to facilitate childbirth.
The Greeks attached so much importance to this plant that they gave the winners of the Olympic Games to drink wine in which wormwood had previously been immersed.
And the ancient Romans best rewarded their victors with wormwood drinks, believing that it was the greatest possible reward for the victor, for in this way they were given good and eternal health, the greatest earthly wealth.
It reaches a height of up to 1m. You will recognize this plant by its silver and very branched leaves, but also by its small yellowish flowers. It is also characterized by a strong taste and smell.
Medicinal parts of wormwood
For harvest diapers ripen in July and August. The procedure should be performed in dry and nice weather, if possible. During the harvest, the upper green part is removed, leaving the lower parts of the stem in the field. Leaf harvest should be done before flowering.
Healing effect of wormwood
Wormwood is an excellent natural remedy for cleansing the blood and strengthening the stomach. This herb is used against stomach ailments, indigestion, nausea, heartburn, bloating, lack of appetite, liver disease, spleen, kidney, bladder, jaundice, fever, and rash. The exceptional healing properties of wormwood have a favorable effect on the work of the entire organism, so that they indirectly cure the source of the disease. The use of wormwood regulates unbalanced functions in the body.
Wormwood contains two bitter crystalline substances: absinthe and anapsintin. Absinthe is a very bitter non-toxic substance. Because of absinthe, wormwood is used as a medicine. It has about 0.5% essential oil. The essential oil is a bitter, angry, poisonous, bluish or green and later brown liquid. The bluish color comes from the azulene present.
The most famous product – Absinthe
Wormwood is used to produce absinthe and it draws bitterness from the substance thujone, which is psychoactive and which is responsible for all those “fairies” that are seen after consuming absinthe.
Also, the extraction of the plant itself resulted in fenchon, another psychoactive substance. Diaper essential oil is obtained by steam distillation, and the substance thujone is similar in structure to THC, a chemical compound that also contains Cannabis.
Emil Zola, Oscar Wilde, Maupassant, Baudelaire are just some of the famous writers who in their works describe the effect of Absinthe, called the “Green Fairy”, on the human psyche. Worlds, but there were also those who wereadmitted that the “green muse” had ruined their lives.
The Roman writer and naturalist Pliny the elder wrote about how the winners of chariot races drank absithion, which reminded them that fame has its bitter side. This plant has remained a folk remedy throughout history, and was used even in the fight against plague in the 17th and 18th centuries in England.
Hippocrates, when considered the father of medicine, prescribed this “medicine” to patients who suffered from various diseases from jaundice to rheumatism.
Massage brandy is obtained by dipping wormwood in brandy and as such is used for massage for cramps or stomach pains. After the massage, a heated woolen cloth is placed on the sore spot. Also, what you can do is cook wormwood in wine vinegar. The application is very easy. Dip the gauze, then squeeze it and put it on the stomach. Also, this coating can remove the headache caused by a cold.
– Sweet wormwood –
Sweet wormwood is a plant that has proven to be very healing and useful countless times. The main ingredient it contains is artemisinin. This ingredient works by cleansing the body of cancerous cells, ie it has such a strong effect that it destroys them, and not only that, it has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial effects. Some research has shown that sweet wormwood is one of the most important drugs in the fight against cancer. Thanks to artemisinin, sweet diaper has in many cases been used to stop the spread of cancer, as well as to clear metastases.
Countries where it can be found are countries with temperate climates such as North America, Asia, Europe, and the places where it grows are roadside locations, places by the sea or some remote areas.