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Artemisia absinthium



         Wormwood has been used medicinally to expel intestinal worms for over 3500 years. Absinthium ,the plant's specific name, denotes the traditional and most celebrated use of wormwood-in the potent French drink, absinthe, reputedly first prepared by witches. Wormwood is one of the most bitter herbs known and has a long history of use in medicinal alcoholic cordials. The plant, via the Old English wermod (spirit mother) and the German wermut, gives its name to vermouth, for which it is still used as a flavouring. Absinthe ,on the other hand, has been banned from most countries due to the alarming effects of this habit-forming drink, including hallucinations and epileptic-like convulsions. Habitual use of commercial absinthe, said to be 68 per cent alcohol by volume, leads to irreparable damage to the nervous system general paralysis, and death. Some sources ascribe Van Gogh's mental disturbances to an over-fondness for absinthe, while Degas' celebrated painting The Absizztlze Drinkers displays the hopelessness of the absinthe addict.

          Wormwood, in addition to its wormexpelling properties, is a bitter stomach remedy of long standing that helps to restore a poor appetite and eases a wide range of digestive problems. The herb also acquired a reputation as a liver and gall bladder tonic, which explains its popularity in alcoholic drinks for enfeebled livers. Externally, a compress of the leaves was applied to painful rehumatic joints, to stimulate poor circulation, and also to hasten childbirth and expel the afterbirth.

          In the home, wormwood was a traditional insect repellant, and was strewn over floors and placed among clothes and linen. For its bitter taste, wormwood was used in brewing beer before the advent of hops. In some parts of eastern

          Europe a sprig may be added to a bottle of wine or vodka. HABITAT  Native to the Mediterranean and central Europe. Introduced to North America from Newfoundland south to Montana. Naturalized in temperate zones. Grows wild on roadsides and waste ground.

          DESCRIPTION Shrubby, spreading, very aromatic perennial to 75cm(21/2ft) with hairy stems and greyish, pinnate leaves that are deeply divided into narrow, blunt-ended segments. The leaves are dark green in colour and covered in silky, greyish hairs: the undersides are also downy. From mid- summer to mid-autumn, small, globular, greenish-yellow flowers appear on slender, erect stalks.


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