Botanical name: Artemisia absinthium

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Wormwood is used for various digestion problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, gallᅠbladderᅠ disease, and intestinal spasms. The herb is primarily used as a bitter to stimulate and invigorate the whole digestive process. Wormwood is also used to treat fever, liverᅠ disease; to increase sexual desire; as a tonic; and to stimulate ᅠsweating in fevers. As the name implies, wormwood is also a powerful remedy against worm infestations, especially roundworm and pinworm.

Wormwood is part of the famous recipe for Absinthe distilled liquor, which has a reputation for inducing visions. It is closely related to Mugwort and Southernwood - many of the herbs in the Artemisia family are used for visionary purposes, to increases psychic and spiritual powers, and for protection.

Precautions / Contraindications: 

Avoid altogether during breastfeeding and pregnancy. Adverse effects are likely only with overdose.

Isabel Shipard (2004), How Can I Use Herbs in My Daily Life?, p.357
David Hoffman (2003), Medical Herbalism, p.530