Wormwood (leaf) Tea

Wormwood was traditionally used for intestinal worms and parasites and thought to stimulate and strengthen digestion.

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.

Herb Info / Uses

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Botanical Name: Artemisia absinthium.

Plant Family: Asteraceae

Plant description: Wormwood is native to Europe and grows to 1 m high with woody stems covered in fine silky hairs The leaves are aromatic, the lower ones being more divided than the upper ones and are grey-green to bluish in colour, also covered in fine silky hairs. The flower heads are grey-green with many minute, dull yellow florets. The plant dies down to ground level in winter. Another species of Artemisia (Artemisia arborescens, Tree Wormwood), is easily confused with Artemisia absinthium. The former species can be distinguished by its taller, straighter growth of up to 2 m, its silvery-white foliage and its milder aroma and flavour. A. arborescens retains its foliage through winter.

Part used: Leaf and flower.

Harvest: When the plant begins flowering.

Active Constituents: Not Intensely bitter sesquiterpenes lactone dimmers (absinthin, artabsinthin), essential oil (mainly thujone), phenolic acids, flavonols, tannins, silica, resin.

Energetics: Bitter, pungent.

Actions: Bitter tonic, anthelmintic, antiparasitic.

Uses: Wormwood was traditionally used for intestinal worms and parasites. It is thought to be a digestive stimulant tradiationall thought to be useful in anorexia, nausea, low stomach acid, flatulence, bloating, intestinal colic, food allergies/sensitivities, Crohn’s disease and autoimmune disease. Wormwood is also used in common cold and influenza.

Dosage: Infusion – pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of dried herb and drink after five minutes. Drink up to one cup three times per day. Fluid Extract (1:5) – 5—20ml/week.

Cautions: Contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation and known allergy. Caution in peptic ulcer and excess acidity. Excess doses can cause headaches.

Interactions: None known


Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.