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:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
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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