Wormwood has been highly valued since ancient times for its medicinal properties. It is one of the oldest known remedies for getting rid of worms and other parasites. Wormwood is a perennial herb that grows up to 1 meter tall. The bitter wormwood leaves are essential for making absinthe, vermouth, and other liqueurs. It is also used for stimulating appetite and improving digestion.
Wormwood has many medicinal properties. It is a powerful tonic, antiseptic, anti-diarrhetic, and it helps regulate women’s menstrual cycle. It is also used to treat stomach, intestinal, liver and kidney problems. The plant is rich in essential oils such as absinthium, absinthol, and thujone.
Growing wormwood is very easy. Once the plants are established, there is little to no maintenance required. Wormwood will grow in full sun to partial shade. It prefers rich, moist, well-draining soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7. As the seeds are tiny, you only need to surface sow the wormwood seeds onto moistened soil. For best germination results, you can start the seeds indoors using sterilized soil. Transplant the seedlings outside after the last frost date has passed.
Wormwood tea is a very medicinal and cleansing tea. It should not be consumed daily for more than four weeks at a time. The tea is often used to get rid of parasites, but it also can be used as a sedative to induce better sleep. It can also increase the vividness of dreams. The dosage for making wormwood tea is one teaspoon of dried or fresh wormwood leaves per cup of water.
To prepare the tea, bring the water to a boil and let it cool down for 5 to 8 seconds, then pour the hot water into your cup that contains the dried wormwood leaves. Let the tea steep for 10 to 15 minutes. If you cover the drink with a saucer while it steeps, it will help prevent the essential oils from escaping.
Wormwood Health Benefits
The use of wormwood goes back to biblical times, and the benefits of wormwood are many.
- Wormwood is antiseptic, antidiarrheic and antipyretic.
- It is a powerful tonic.
- A very effective parasite cleanser.
- Aids digestion.
- Improves appetite.
- It can be used as a sedative before bedtime.
- It makes dreams more vivid.
These are just a few of the health benefits of wormwood.
Wormwood For Parasites
Wormwood is often used in a parasite cleanse. Although, one must be careful, as wormwood can be toxic in high doses. It is useful in killing intestinal parasites such as worms. Often it is combined with fresh green, black walnut and clove; all three are potent parasite cleansers, and when combined, you have a sure way of killing many different types of parasites and their eggs. Fresh green or black walnut and wormwood are effective at killing dozens of different parasites, while clove effectively destroys any eggs still left in the body.