Artemisia Absinthiumis the botanical and Latin name for the plant Common Wormwood. The name “Artemisia” originated from the name of Greek Goddess Artemis. People know Artemis as the goddess of forests and hills, of the hunt and also as a protector of children. Artemis was later linked to the moon. According to the people’s thought the Latin word “Absinthium” came from the Ancient Greek meaning “without sweetness”.
The Common Wormwood plant generally grows in rocky areas and on arid ground in Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean. People found it growing in parts of North America also. Other names for common wormwood, or Artemisia Absinthium, are armoise, green ginger and grande wormwood.
Due to their silver gray leaves and tiny yellow flowers wormwood plants look preety. Wormwood oil is produced in tiny glands on the leaves. The Artemisia group of plants also includes tarragon, sagebrush, sweet wormwood, Levant wormwood, silver king artemisia, Roman wormwood and southernwood. The Artemisia plants come under the Aster family of plants.
Wormwood has been used as a herbal medicine for different medical purpose
– It can be used in easing labor pains in women.
– One can check the poisoning from toadstools and hemlock.
– A very good antiseptic.
– The problems related to digestion is solved by it. Wormwood may be helpful in treating people who do not have sufficient stomach acid.
– It is also being used as a cardiac stimulant in pharmaceuticals.
– Fevers can be reduced.
– It can be beneficial in removing intestinal worms.
– Used as a tonic.
There is research proving wormwood to be effective on Alzheimer’s disease and Crohn’s disease.
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. People thought that it was responsible for hallucinations and mental illness. Absinthe was also linked to the Bohemian culture of Parisian Montmartre with its loose morals, courtesans and artists and writers.
The effects of thujone in wormwood and THC in the drug cannabis are said to be the same. There has been an Absinthe revival since the 1990s when studies showed that Absinthe actually only contained very small amounts of thujone and that it would be impossible to drink enough Absinthe, for the thujone to be harmful, because Absinthe is such a strong spirit – you would be comatose first!
Drinking Absinthe is just as safe as drinking any strong spirit but it should be consumed in moderation because it is about twice as strong as whisky and vodka.
A real Absinthe is that which contains 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.One can visit AbsintheKit.com to make his own Absinthe containing Artemisia Absinthium.