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BOTANICAL MEDICINE DATABASE
Wormwood
MEDICINAL USE
CNS depressant and uterine stimulant. Antimalarial and anti-cancer. The common name, Wormwood, signifies its use as an anthelmintic (especially against roundworm and pinworm). Can be used to aid withdrawal of benzodiazepine addiction and as an antidepressant or sleep aid. Will promote appetite and bile secretions as wells as absorption of nutrients. Can be applied topically for rheumatic pains.
Wormwood
Artemisia absinthium
Antiinflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antiparasitic, Aromatic, Carminative, Diuretic, Narcotic, Bitter, Toxic
COMBINES WITH
Agrimony, Vinegar, Black Walnut
WARNINGS
In higher doses is toxic to the CNS, causing paralysis, decreased coordination, and (euphoric) hallucinations. May need to be combined with iron for optimal efficacy.
PREPARATION
Infusion: 1-2 g, 1/2 cup water (extremely bitter!). Tincture: (1:1, 25%), 1-4 ml TID. Lotion or oil externally over intact skin. Use short-term or pulse-dosing (4-5 weeks).