Artemisia Absinthiumis the botanical and Latin name for the plant Common Wormwood. The name “Artemisia” was taken from the name of Greek Goddess Artemis. Artemis is the name of the goddess of forests and hills, of the hunt and also a protector of children. A relation was assumed between Artemis and the moon. The word “Absinthium” is referred to the bitter taste of wormwood.
The herb, oil and seeds known as Wormwood are from the Common Wormwood plant, a perennial herb which often grows in rocky areas and on arid ground in Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean. After spreading from people’s gardens it developed in parts of North America. Armoise, green ginger and grande wormwood are the other names for common wormwood.
Wormwood plants look beautiful with their silver gray leaves and tiny yellow flowers. Wormwood oil is available in tiny glands on the leaves. Tarragon, sagebrush, sweet wormwood, Levant wormwood, silver king artemisia, Roman wormwood and southernwood are other types of plants of the Artemisia family. The Artemisia plants belongs to the Aster plant family.
A lots of medical uses are there of wormwood since ancient times
– Easing labor pains in women.
– It can also be used to counterbalance the poisoning from toadstools and hemlock.
– One can use it as an antiseptic.
– To ease digestive problems and to stimulate digestion. Wormwood may be used in solving the problems of stomach acid.
– One can use it as a cardiac stimulant in pharmaceuticals.
– One can use it in reducing fevers.
– The intestinal worms can be expelt with the help of it.
– People know it as an elixir.
Alzheimer’s disease and Crohn’s disease can be cured by wormwood.
Effects of Artemisia Absinthium
Wormwood is a key ingredient in the liquor Absinthe, the Green Fairy, which was banned in many countries in the early 1900s. Absinthe is named after this herb which also gives the drink its characteristic bitter taste,
Absinthe was banned because of its alleged psychedelic effects. It was thought to cause hallucinations and to drive people insane. The Bohemian culture of Parisian Montmartre with its loose morals, courtesans and artists and writers was also combined with Absinthe.
The chemical thujone and the THC are said to be similar. The amount of thujone is so small in Absinthe that it cannot harm a person unless drunk in very large quantity!
One should drink Absinthe in moderation because it is about twice as strong as whisky and vodka.
Real Absinthe is prepared from Artemisia Absinthium. There are also “fake” Absinthes away from the real Green Fairy which are prepared from other herbs and flavorings. If you want the real thing you must check that they contain thujone or Common Wormwood or use essences,such as those from AbsintheKit.One can visit AbsintheKit.com to make his own Absinthe containing Artemisia Absinthium.