Species: Artemisia abstinthium
Common names: Wormwood, Absinthe wormwood, Common wormwood, Green ginger
History/Folklore: The name Wormwood is derived from one of its many uses – to expel Worms and other intestinal parasites. It has been used for centuries to aid in digestion, relieve nervousness, strengthen contractions and reduce labor pains. Wormwood is probably best known as the key ingredient in Absinthe.
Appearance: Wormwood has tall and erect somewhat furrowed stems, which can reach two to four feet in height. It has silvery green, deeply serrated leaves with down-like fine hairs underneath. Small rounded yellow flower heads appear in July and August.
Parts Used: Leaves, stems and flowers
Cut and dry in July and August after flowers appear.
Actions: febrifuge, anthelmintic (vermifuge), nervine tonic, stomachic,emmenagogue
Indications: Has been used to reduce fever, expel intestinal worms and other parasites, strengthen the nervous system, aid in digestion, strengthen labor contraction and reduce labor pain, regulate menstruation..
Counterindications: Avoid during pregnancy.
Cultivation: Cuttings and layering or by seed.
Light: Full sun
Plant Type: Perennial, Herb, Shrub