Absinthe or Artemisia or Wormwood
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Absinthe, Artemisia, Wormwood ABSINTHE  
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Botanical:   Artemisia absinthium
Family:   Compositae (daisy)
Other common names:  Wormwood, Artemisia, Green Ginger, Absinthium, Madderwort, Old Woman, Wermutkraut, Southern Wood, Green Fairy

Absinthe has long been used by herbalists to eliminate worms and parasites, including pinworms and roundworms, as well as an aid for helping to improve gallbladder, liver, gastric and vascular disorders, as well as migraine headaches.  Applied topically, it helps heal wounds, skin ulcers, blemishes and insect bites.  As an natural tranquilizer, Absinthe may help to calm the nerves, and as a uterine stimulant, it may also help to induce menstruation.  Long used in the preparation of alcoholic beverages (absinthe), Absinthe is a fine digestive that helps to pep up appetite and relieve many digestive disturbances.

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History:
Absinthe is native to Europe, Siberia, North Africa and has been naturalized in North America.  In England, the plant grows in many places and appears to thrive near the sea.  It is a perennial root, which arises to a height of two to four feet with leafy, flowering stems.  The leaves and flowers are extremely bitter, with the characteristic odor of thujone, and the whitish plant is closely covered with fine, silky hairs. The plants are harvested in July and August, and only the leaves and tops are used. The medical use of Absinthe dates back to ancient Egypt and is mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus (c. 1550 BC), and Absinthe extracts and wine-soaked leaves were used as remedies by the ancient Greeks. The genus, Artemisia, is derived from Artemis, the Greek name for Diana, who is said to have found the plants and delivered their powers to Chiron, the centaur, and the ancient Greeks claimed that the plant counteracted the poisons of hemlock and toadstools.  Its botanical specific, absinthium, is a Latin stylization of the Greek word, αψινθιον (apsinthion).  Some claim that the word means "undrinkable" in Greek, because of its extreme bitterness.  One of its common names, Wormwood, is a derivation from the Anglo Saxon, wermode  or wermut, meaning "preserver of the mind," since the herb was thought to enhance mental functions and which also accounts for its use in treating nervous temperament and melancholia.  The common name, Wormwood, also refers to its ability to act as a wormer in children and animals and has long been used to eliminate intestinal worms including round worms and pin worms, etc.   Furthermore, it was used in granaries to drive away weevils and insects and was also used as a strewing herb to drive away fleas.  In 1577, in July's Husbandry, Tusser advised people to lay its flowers among "stuffs and furs" to keep away moths and insects.  Also long revered in traditional folk medicine for its ability to improve digestive disorders, Absinthe preparations were used internally for gastric insufficiency, intestinal atonia, gastritis and stomachache, and in 1772, it was recorded that Dr. John Hill made an infusion for treating indigestion.  With the exception of Rue, Absinthe is the bitterest herb known, but it is wholesome and was very much in demand by brewers for use, instead of hops.  The major constituent of Absinthe is a volatile oil, dark green or blue in color, with a strong odor and bitter taste.  The essential oil in Absinthe was an ingredient in the alcoholic aperitif also called absinthe, which was first created by Henri Pernod in 1797.  Today's successors to absinthe - anisette and vermouth - do not contain thujone.  Absinthe oil contains thujone (absinthol or tenacetone), thujyl alchohol (both free and combined with acetic, isovalerianic, succine and malic acids), cadinene, pinene and phellandrene.  The herb also contains the bitter glucoside, absinthin, and other salts.  Other phytochemical and nutrient contents include beta-carotene, flavonoids, chamazulene, chlorogenic acid, isoquercitrin, p-coumaric acid, rutin, salicylic acid, tannins, vanillic acid and vitamin C.

Beneficial Uses:
Absinthe has been used as a powerful tool to fight worm (notably intestinal pinworms and roundworms) and other parasitic infestations in humans and animals.   It has long been used as an anthelmintic or agent that expels intestinal worms and parasites.  Research introduced at the University of York (UK) in 2008, indicated that because of increasing parasite resistance to anti-malarial drugs, there is now great reliance on a new drug, Artemisinin, to treat malaria, which is based upon the plant compounds in Absinthe. 

Used as a 'bitter,' Absinthe aids in secretions of the galbladder and liver and is an old and trusted traditional remedy (when used properly) for biliousness and liver troubles, jaundice and gallbladder ailments.

Absinthe is regarded as a nervine tonic that is said to nourish the nervous system and, thus, work to ease stress and nervous disorders.  The herb acts as an herbal sedative that calms and soothes nerves and reduces tension and anxiety.  The herb's absinthin content is a narcotic analgesic that affects the medullary portion of the brain concerned with anxiety and is said to induce a relaxed state.

Well known for its commercial use in the preparation of liquors, notably absinthe and vermouth, Absinthe has also been used medicinally as a mild sedative. This bitterest of herbs includes a narcotic analgesic that affects the portion of the brain dealing with pain.  If not used habitually, the herb's absinthum, a narcotic analgesic, has been known to stimulate the cerebral hemispheres and act as a direct stimulant on the cortex cerebri, aiding in the relief of migraine headaches, nervous diseases and pain, in addition to soothing nervous temperament.

Traditional herbalists claim that Absinthe is a febrifuge that can lower intermittent fevers and fight infection.

Because Absinthe increases stomach acidity, it aids in the whole digestive process, particularly when there is a deficiency of gastric juice.  It has been used to help alleviate gastritis, stomachache, bloating and flatulence.  Moreover, as a bitter, aromatic herb, Absinthe is also said to improve a poor appetite.

Absinthe is a uterine stimulant and is said to help induce and control irregular menstrual cycles (and thus, should not be used by pregnant women).

Applied topically, the oil extracted from Absinthe acts as an anti-inflammatory that is used as a liniment to relieve pain and sore muscles.  It is useful for healing wounds, skin ulcers, blemishes and insect bites.

Absinthe may also be used as an organic insect repellent when sprayed on organic gardens or when prepared as a sachet to keep moths from clothing.

Contraindications:
Absinthe Herbal Supplement is a uterine stimulant and should not be used during pregnancy, as it can cause spontaneous abortion.  Nursing mothers should not use Absinthe.  Do not overuse; it may be habit forming with long-term use, and prolonged use may cause nausea, vertigo and insomnia.  Do not exceed recommended dosage (many times the recommended amount).  Absinthe should never be given to children.  Do not use Absinthe if you are taking Phenobarbital.  Those who suffer from allergies to members of the daisy (Compositae) family (ragweed, asters, sunflowers, etc.) should consult a doctor before using. 

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