Wormwood is popular for its ability to get rid of worms in humans. It reaches a height of three to six feet. It has numerous yellow colored flowers on top, which contain large quantities of etheric oil (used in perfumes). The leaves and stem are exploited for medicinal properties. The leaves are harvested before the blooming season. This is around May and June. The flowers are harvested during July and August.
Wormwood has numerous oils and substances, which are used for curing many disease and disorders in humans. The substances found are:
Glucose (which is extremely bitter)
Absinthol (an alcohol)
Chlorophyll (the green pigment)
It also has important nutrients like vitamins C and B6. These vitamins play crucial role in regulating the metabolic processes in our body. Wormwood is primarily used as a tonic to get rid of worms. It increases the bile secretion in the liver when infused into the body. Wormwood tincture, when used for a continuous period of 9 days can effectively remove worms from the body. Wormwood powder is also known to decrease the severity of fever. It is also used as an anti inflammatory, anti helmintic drug and as a laxative (for curing constipation). It can also treat liver disorders, kidney edema (accumulation of fluids in kidney), anemia, gout and irregular menstruation. It has good healing properties and can therefore treat ulcers and wounds. It is used as a spice in different recipes.
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