What is Artemisia Oil?Artemisia is a subdivision that combines different species (up to 400) in the family Asteraceae. The species have a value of specific odor and volatile oils. The most popular herbs in this subfamily are mugwort, wormwood, and others. This family comprises of perennial grasses extended in the temperate climates.
PropertiesArtemisia vulgaris is a member of Artemisia species named as mugwort. It is known as a common mugwort. Its origin is based in Europe, Africa, and Asia. This herb grows to a height of 2 meters. Its root is firm and has leaves that are dark-green in color with indents. The flowers have several yellow or red petals and are arranged in clusters. Artemisia capillaries or wormwood is an herb that grows to a height of 1.2 meters in East Asia. This herb is woody and has leaves that are grey-green with aroma and flowers that are flat-circular and pale yellow. Although wormwood and mugwort are related closely within the genus, they are not same types the way many people assume.
- The application of Artemisia as a curative plant should not go beyond four weeks. It is regarded not safe to take it to high levels over an extended duration (over one month) because of its thujone which is unsafe for consumption of the public.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women are not supposed to consume Absinthe.
- Artemisia must be consumed under the direction of a knowledgeable medical expert who has the know-how in medicinal herbs.
BenefitsArtemisia species contain volatile oil, flavonoids, coumarin, triterpenes, tannins and an active chemical called artemisinin. Multiple benefits of these species have been known for centuries in many regions of the world.
Edibility and Culinary Use
- With a unique herbal fragrance and slightly bitter flavor, mugwort is used dried as a spice for meats.
- The leaves of Artemisia species can be cooked in soups or be eaten fresh in salads.
- In the history, mugwort has been added to alcoholic beverages and teas.
Improves Digestion and Stimulates appetiteIn the history to date, Artemisia species has been applied to some disorders that affect the digestive tract. It soothes the intestinal tissues in case of inflammation, and the extracts from the herb relieve constipation and diarrhea. The species reduce stomach pain, cramping, and help digestion by increasing the nutrients being supplied to the cells.
Liver TonicThe liver tonic refers to the steps involved in preparing the Artemisia herb. They enhance cleansing of the liver by increasing the drainage of useless material through secretion of bile. Artemisia serves as a treatment for hepatitis and jaundice.
Antibacterial PropertyArtemisia can fight bacteria to help in treating infections in the bladder without the damage to the symbiotic bacteria that occurs naturally in the gut. It is most effective against ringworm and threadworm.
Disease treatmentThese species are useful in the treatment of severe malaria. By its active component called artemisinin, it acts against the Robles disease by killing related organisms and symptoms.
Useful in menstruation and reproductionArtemisia is included in Eastern and Western medicines for the disorders related to the reproduction system. It reduces the loss of blood in a continuous menstrual cycle and keeps the womb-warm eliminating pain related to menstruation.
Nervine PropertyMugwort has a sedative property that aids victims of epilepsy, stress, and tension. It has a narcotic impact that avoids shaking, hysteria and speeds up a comfortable sleep if you have problems with rest. Identically, it also features an action that stimulates appetite to help depressed patients.
Removes swellings and bruisesWhen mugwort is applied topically, it reduces felons, itching, injuries, and carbuncles. Taking a shower with the extracts of Artemisia relieves symptoms of swollen legs, gout, and rheumatism.
- Using Artemisia species in excess can cause intestinal cramps, stomach cramps, nerve damage, headache, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
- Allergic reaction to wormwood is typical of people who are hypersensitive to plants in this family. Artemisia is contraindicated in People on drugs (Anticonvulsants) applies in the prevention of seizures. The supplements could interact with that medication.
- Absinthe may result in negative side effects, such as nerve damage, diarrhea just to mention a few.