Artemisia Absinthiumis the botanical and Latin name for the plant Common Wormwood. The name “Artemisia” was kept from the name of the Greek Goddess Artemis. People know Artemis as the goddess of forests and hills, of the hunt and also as a protector of children. Later Artemis and the moon was corelated. The word “Absinthium” is referred to the bitter taste of wormwood.
The Common Wormwood plant is a perennial herb which often grows on arid ground and in rocky areas of Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean. It has also been found growing in parts of North America after spreading from people’s gardens. The different names for common wormwood are armoise, green ginger and grande wormwood.
Wormwood plants are pretty, with their silver gray leaves and tiny yellow flowers. In tiny glands on the leaves Wormwood oil is produced. Tarragon, sagebrush, sweet wormwood, Levant wormwood, silver king artemisia, Roman wormwood and southernwood are also members of the Artemisia group. The Artemisia plants are related with the Aster family.
Wormwood has been used as a herbal medicine in different ways from a long time
– The labor pains in women can be eased by it.
– One can check the poisoning from toadstools and hemlock.
– As an antiseptic.
– The digestive problems are solved by it. Wormwood may be used in solving the problems of stomach acid.
– As a cardiac stimulant in pharmaceuticals.
– Fevers decreases by it’s use.
– As an anthelmintic to expel intestinal worms.
– As a tonic.
Diseases like Alzheimer and Crohn can be treated with 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. People attached Absinthe with the Bohemian culture of Parisian Montmartre.
The effects of thujone in wormwood and THC in the drug cannabis are said to be the same. The quantity of thujone is so small in Absinthe that one had to drink excess of Absinthe to feel the harmful effects of thujone!
There is no harm in drinking Absinthe but one should be carefull while consuming it because it is about twice as strong as other drinks.
One is not getting the real Absinthe without Artemisia Absinthium. Besides the real Green Fairy “fake” Absinthes are also available which are produced 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.AbsintheKit.com can help a person in preparing his own Absinthe containing Artemisia Absinthium.