Wormwood Herbal Remedies
Wormwood is a time-honored remedy for strengthening the stomach and gallbladder. It is especially popular in Europe, where it is commonly prescribed for people with painful digestion (dyspeptics). It has been used as a bitter to stimulate bile, to increase the appetite, and to expel worms. Wormwood is used in Chinese medicine to clear summer heat, for lingering fevers, and for nosebleeds. Make the tea by steeping 1 ounce of the herb in 10 ounces of water for 15 minutes. Strain and drink 1/2 cup 30 minutes to 1 hour after meals, hot. Wormwood has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COLD.
Wormwood Proper Dose
|Wormwood Infusion||1/2 cup 30 minutes before meals|
|Wormwood Tincture||20-30 drops in a little hot water|
Wormwood Reference Information
|Latin Name||Artemisia absinthium|
|Herb Forms||Tincture, bulk herb.|
|Cautions||Contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing. Not for long-term use. Do not exceed 1.5 grams of dried herb in tea, two to three times daily. The tea is much safer than the tincture, because the toxic terpene thujone is not very water soluble. The leaf|
|Botanical Info||A large woody garden plant from Europe with profuse gray-green feathery leaves and sprays of small, yellow flower heads.|
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