Artemisia of the week: WHITE WORMWOOD

Species: Artemisia herba-alba

 Common names: White wormwood, Desert wormwood

 History/Folklore: A short shrub that grows commonly in Northern Africa and the Middle East in desert like conditions. It has been used to treat diabetes in Iraqi folk medicine. It has also been used by tribes in the Negeve dessert to treat Enteritis and other intestinal disturbances. 

Finely divided gray green leaves that are aromatic. Grows to about 8–16 inches high.

Parts Used: leaves

Collection: Harvest and dry in mid summer. Cut stems and hang to dry.

Actions:  Antispasmodic, antiseptic, vermifuge.
Indications:  Aids in digestion, expels parasites, cleansing.

Counterindications: Avoid during pregnancy.


 Cultivation: Cuttings and layering



Light: Full sun

Zones: ? 

Plant Type: Perennial,Herb, Shrub




About Airmeith Naturals

Anna has over 25 years of experience working with herbs. She trained as a chef specializing in classical French cuisine. Anna has extensive knowledge of herbs used in cooking, as well as having researched the historic use of culinary herbs & spices. She is a Certified Community Herbalist who has completed multiple apprenticeships and classes with renowned Herbalists along with her own studies. Her concentration is in Western European Herbal Practices. She has attended college for Environmental Science as well as earning her certificate in Massage Therapy and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Anna is a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. Anna lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and has over an acre of gardens to play in. Anna is the herbalist at Airmeith Naturals in Holyoke Massachusetts
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