All About Artemisia Absinthium

Artemisia Absinthiumis the botanical and Latin name for the plant Common Wormwood. The name “Artemisia” was kept from the name of the Greek Goddess Artemis. Artemis was famous goddess of forests and hills, of the hunt and also a defender of children. Artemis and the moon was linked later. The Latin word “Absinthium” was thought to be used for the bitter taste of wormwood.

The herb, oil and seeds known as Wormwood are from the Common Wormwood plant, a perennial herb which often grows in rocky areas and on arid ground in Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean. People found it growing in parts of North America also. People also know Artemisia Absinthium or common wormwood as armoise, green ginger and grande wormwood.

Wormwood plants appear beautiful with their tiny yellow flowers and silver gray leaves. Wormwood oil is available in tiny glands on the leaves. Tarragon, sagebrush, sweet wormwood, Levant wormwood, silver king artemisia, Roman wormwood and southernwood are other types of plants of the Artemisia family. The Artemisia plants originated from the Aster family of plants.

Wormwood has been used as a herbal medicine for different medical purpose
– The labor pains in women can be eased by it.
– Counteracting poisoning from toadstools and hemlock.
– Also available as an antiseptic.
– It is used to ease digestive problems and to stimulate digestion. Wormwood may be helpful in treating people who do not have sufficient stomach acid.
– As a cardiac stimulant in pharmaceuticals.
– Reducing fevers.
– As an anthelmintic to expel intestinal worms.
– Used as a tonic.

Wormwood can be effective in curing Alzheimer’s disease and Crohn’s disease.

Effects of Artemisia Absinthium

Wormwood is a key ingredient in the liquor Absinthe, the Green Fairy, which was banned in many countries in the early 1900s. Absinthe is named after this herb which also gives the drink its characteristic bitter taste,

Absinthe was banned because of its alleged psychedelic effects. It was thought that hallucinations and insanity was caused by it. Absinthe was also linked to the Bohemian culture of Parisian Montmartre with its loose morals, courtesans and artists and writers.

People believe that the chemical thujone in wormwood and the THC in the drug cannabis are same. The quantity of thujone is so small in Absinthe that one had to drink excess of Absinthe to feel the harmful effects of thujone!

One should drink Absinthe in moderation because it is about twice as strong as whisky and vodka.

Artemisia Absinthium is the main content of real Absinthe. “fake” Absinthes are prepared by various manufacturers using other herbs and flavorings. If you want the real thing you must check that they contain thujone or Common Wormwood or use essences,such as those from AbsintheKit.AbsintheKit.com is the site which can be beneficial for preparing one’s own Absinthe.