Wormwood is an aromatic perennial that comes from the highly esteemed botanical family Asteraceae. This specie of Artemisia genus is marked by the greyish-white leaves that are arranged spirally and coated with silver trichomes that have a silky texture. Its leaves also possess oil glands whereas its flowers are dull yellow that appears in the form of capitula with their heads bent down.
Traditionally, wormwood was employed to cater to gastrointestinal diseases where it corrected the appetite, treated flatulence, intestinal spasms, gall bladder diseases, and much more. Wormwood also up-regulates the existence of normal flora of our intestine for better digestion. Similarly, it proffers the anti-parasitic effect which aids in cleansing the tract off of the parasites.
Contrastingly, wormwood fills passion for the amorous evenings by serving as an aphrodisiac. Besides, it also acts as a diaphoretic which makes it good for fever, treats depression, muscular spasm, and helps in the conditions related to memory loss.
On the contrary, with such amazing benefits, it comes with some immensely hazardous adverse effects. If taken in higher doses, wormwood can cause irreversible brain damage, including hallucinations and other mental diseases. Before initiating any therapy with wormwood, its dosage should be thoroughly discussed with your doctor/pharmacist.
Moreover, wormwood should not be handled by a layperson and it is usually not planted where there is a risk of children’s participation in gardening. It is usually planted as a border, to protect the garden plants from animals and insects.