Wormwood has a colorful history of use as a medicinal herb, natural insect repellant, and a key ingredient in the notorious alcoholic drink known as absinthe.
It's widely considered one of the best herbs to tackle parasites and contains bitter compounds that stimulate digestion. However, wormwood is very potent and comes with several precautions that you should know about before trying it.
TOP BENEFITS OF WORMWOOD HERB
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HOW TO USE WORMWOOD
Wormwood is most often used to make a tea or taken as a tincture.
To make a tea that helps cleanse your body, particularly your digestive tract, simply steep about half a teaspoon of dried wormwood in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Be aware that your tea will get bitter very quickly, so start with a small amount of the herb and a short steeping time.
If you want to improve the flavor of wormwood tea, try adding an herb like peppermint.
When using the tincture, take it in small doses for a short period of time (usually not over 4-5 weeks).
There are also uses for wormwood in the garden if you happen to be a gardener. Simply planting it (be sure you get true Artemisia absinthium) can help to repel pests that would otherwise eat holes in your plants. You can even make a tea from the leaves and spray it around garden plants or the outside of your home.
There are more precautions associated with wormwood than most other herbs.
Tea and tinctures made from wormwood do not typically contain toxic amounts of thujone and often contain none at all. However, wormwood is still recommended to be taken in low amounts and for a short period of time (less than 5 weeks).
If possible, work with a qualified herbalist or naturopath to determine the best and safest way to use wormwood.
Also note that wormwood should not be used when you are pregnant or breastfeeding and is not recommended for children. It also may be contraindicated if you have a medical condition, like epilepsy or kidney problems, or take certain medications, particularly anticonvulsants.
High doses of wormwood may cause nausea, vomiting, or trigger seizures, but doses within the normal range are usually well-tolerated.
THE CLEANSING BENEFITS OF WORMWOOD HERB
Though it comes with several precautions, there's no need to be scared of using wormwood, and it can be very helpful in certain situations. It would be hard to find a more powerful herb for dealing with parasites, and wormwood can also be an excellent bitter too.
It is recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products for health issues, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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