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Wormwood - Artemisia absinthiumHerbalists value this bitter tonic to stimulate and promote digestive health.
Its use has been claimed to remedy indigestion and gastric pain, it acts as an antiseptic, and as a febrifuge.
Wormwood is a truly bitter tonic- its botanical name absinthium is translated ‘without sweetness’. The bitter taste however, jump-starts healthy digestive and intestinal functions. Consequently, Wormwood is recognized as a powerful herbal agent for relieving occasional constipation, soothing nausea, indigestion and hyperacidity, as well for stimulating healthy appetite. HINT: If brewing Wormwood tea, it may be a good idea to add aromatic herbs and spices such as Peppermint, Spearmint or Cinnamon to alleviate the bitter taste.
Wormwood, often called absinth, has hallucinogenic and psychoactive properties and is said to affect the brain in much the same way as THC. Wormwood is often used as a companion plant, as it has strong pest repellant properties, and deters the growth of weeds. Its best known use is in the making of absinthe, a liquor distilled from wormwood which is said to have hallucinogenic effects. Such famous Men as Hemingway and Van Gogh attributed part of their creativity to absinth induced visions. True absinthe is illegal in many countries, but wormwood is also used as a color and flavoring in other liqueurs, notably vermouth.
It is an ingredient in the spirit absinthe, and also used for flavouring in some other spirits and wines, including bitters, vermouth and pelinkovac.
|The active constituent thujone * most often absinthol * can be toxic in high doses, and may induce hallucinogenic visions.|