WORMWOOD (ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUM)
Wormwood has been used for centuries as a moth repellant, general pesticide and as a tea/spray to repel slugs and snails. It is used medicinally as a tonic, stomachic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, febrifuge and anthelmintic. It has also been used to remedy indigestion and gastric pain.
In 1990, it was claimed that the scientific community finally recognized that wormwood extract is as good as chloroqine for the treatment of malaria.
Without doubt the most famous therapeutic use of wormwood is the expulsion of parasitic worms. Many reference works continue to list wormwood as an effective vermifuge, and some also list it for it’s antibacterial and antifungal actions.
Historically wormwood has been used as a parasitic worm killer, an aphrodisiac, tonic and to induce perspiration.