Botanical Name: Artemisia absinthium
- English: Wormwood, Maderwood
- Unani: fsanteen, Vilaayati Afsanteen
- Also, known as: Absinth, Ajenio, Old Women, Mastaru, Absinth, Mastaru, Vilayati afsantin, Titaveen, Vruvalu, Nilampala, Tirunitripachcha, Serpana, Mastiyaaraa, Moshipatri, Machipatri, Afsanteen, Machipatri, Titween, Mastiyaaraa, Konakanda, Sugandhidru, Sirahsulakari
Parts Used: Leaves & stems
Wormwood is native to Eurasia and has been introduced into North America, where it occurs as a casual weed in waste places in the northern United States and southern Canada. Michigan, Wisconsin and Oregon grow this herb commercially. There are various other species of Artemisia, Common wormwood, Sea wormwood and Roman wormwood, similar in appearance but different in properties.
Stem –Usually unbranched, internodes 4 to 5 cm in length, 0.5 to 5 mm in thickness; surface pale brown, longitudinally furrowed, with attached petiole or its scar at the nodal region; pubescent; fracture short and splintery in the bark, fractured surface yellowish; odor not characteristic; taste, bitter.
Leaf –Crumpled and broken; measuring about 2 cm in length and 2 mm in breadth, easily getting detached from the stem; petiolate, ovate to obovate, pinnatifid cut into 2 or 3 spreading linear or lanceolate, obtuse segments, hairy on both sides, greyish green in color and bitter in taste.
Flower head –Pedunculate, borne on a hairy receptacle of 1.5 to 5 mm in dia.; ligulate flower, many, yellow, heterogamous; stigma bilobed; stamens 5, anthers synecious; ray florets, a few, dilated below; involucre of bracts, oblong, hairy, narrowly achenes, flat, elliptic oblong and black in color.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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