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
Plant Type: Perennial,Herb, Shrub