Artemisia Absinthiumis the botanical and Latin name for the plant Common Wormwood. The name of Greek Goddess Artemis was used for naming “Artemisia”. Artemis was the goddess of forests and hills, of the hunt and also a protector of children. It was thought to be link between Artemis and the moon. According to the people’s thought the Latin word “Absinthium” came from the Ancient Greek meaning “without sweetness”.
One can get the herb, oil and seeds from the Common Wormwood plant which often grows in rocky areas and on arid ground in Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean. It has also been found growing in parts of North America after spreading from people’s gardens. Other names for common wormwood, or Artemisia Absinthium, are armoise, green ginger and grande wormwood.
Wormwood plants are pretty, with their silver gray leaves and tiny yellow flowers. 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 are members of the Aster family of plants.
A lots of medical uses are there of wormwood since ancient times
- The labor pains can be lowered down by it.
- The poisoning from toadstools and hemlock can be counteracted.
- One can use it as an antiseptic.
- It is used to ease digestive problems and to stimulate digestion. Wormwood is helpful in dealing with the problem of insufficient stomach acid.
- People can find it as a cardiac stimulant in pharmaceuticals.
- Reducing fevers.
- As an anthelmintic to expel intestinal worms.
- Taken as an elixir.
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. It was thought to cause hallucinations and to drive people insane. Absinthe was also linked with the loose morals, courtesans and artists and writers of 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!
As Absinthe is two times more stronger than whisky and vodka so care should be taken while consuming it.
Artemisia Absinthium is the main content of real Absinthe. Other herbs and flavorings are used in the manufacturing of “fake” Absinthes which are not the real Absinthe. 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.