Wormwood is an herb that belongs to the daisy family and is well known for its bitter taste and medicinal benefits, a tea that is often recommended to those that are suffering from anorexia, as it is known to stimulate the appetite. It got its name from its ability to get rid of worms but is also effective for relieving pain and constipation; coughs, sore throats and even alleviate jaundice.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a shrub native to Europe and Africa, but can also be found in North America. Recorded use of wormwood extract dates back to Biblical times and is known to have been used in the treatment of tapeworms and other gastrointestinal parasites during the Middle Ages.
Wormwood tea should not be taken for any longer than three consecutive weeks. Soak 1 teaspoon in a cup of hot (non-boiling) water when preparing. The tea has a bitter taste, which is hard to avoid. You can mix it with peppermint leaves or anise and sweeten with honey to taste. This tea has a positive effect when consumed during post-flu or post-infectious periods. Taken in small doses, wormwood is an excellent remedy to fight against the common cold, rheumatism, and tapeworm.
Two to three cups can be drunk daily to receive the health benefits of wormwood tea but for no longer than a few days as large quantities are said to be toxic. As with most herbal remedies and teas, pregnant women and breastfeeding women should not be encouraged to consume this tea.
Wormwood tea effectively aids digestion, improves the appetite, alleviate stomach pains, heartburn and gas, boost energy levels and enhance the body’s immune system. The azulenes in the plant are anti-inflammatory and reduce fevers.
Wormwood tea should be taken before meals to achieve its health benefits. In times of ill health, it is best to consult a health care provider before using any remedies especially in children