Common Names: Absinth, Absinthe, Absinthium, Ajenjo, Common Wormwood, Green Ginger, Old Woman
Scientific Name: Artemisia Absinthium L., Artemisia Abrotanum L., Compositae, Composite Family
Common Uses: Anthelmintic (kills intestinal worms), antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue (stimulates flow of bile), febrifuge (reduces fever) , stimulant, stomachic, tonic
*Warning: Pure wormwood oil is poisoning. Relatively small doses may cause nervous disorders, convulsions, insomnia, nightmares, and other symptoms. Flowers may induce allergic reactions. Has been approved as a food additive (flavoring) with thujon removed. Follow dosage closely and use under medical supervision. Do not take large doses. Contraindicated in pregnancy. If you are pregnant, do not use wormwood.
Origin: Found in waste places and along roadsides from Newfoundland to Hudson Bay and south to Montana. Wormwood is a native plant in Europe, from where it was introduced into North America.