Latin Name: Artemisia absinthium syn. Absinthium officinale.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Other Names: Common Wormwood, Absinth, Absinthe, Absinthe Suisse, Absinthii Herba, Absinthites, Absinthium, Ajenjo, Alvine, Armoise Absinthe, Armoise Commune, Grande Absinthe, Herba Artemisae, Herbe aux Vers, Herbe d'Absinthe, Herbe Sainte, Indhana, Lapsent, Menu Alvine, Qing Hao, Vilayati Afsanteen, Wermut, Wermutkraut, Western Wormwood & Wurmkraut.
Description: Wormwood is an herbaceous perennial herb native to Europe now found growing in central Asia and parts of the USA that grows to a height of 1 metre. It has erect, branching stems which are silver green in colour and have a fine downy coating. The leaves are deeply lobed with 3-5 divisions of feathery leaflets, entire leaf is 5-12cm in length, greyish-green on the upper side and paler almost silvery-green on the underside, with the same downy coating as the stems. The inflorescences grow from the leaf nodes; they are tubular and form clusters of branched panicles of yellowish-green flowers.
Brief History: The Ancient Egyptians used wormwood as a vermifuge and to ease coughs and fevers; the Ancient Greeks favoured its used for treating rheumatism, and women’s problems, Hippocrates even recommended it for curing jaundice. Culpeper in the 17th century recommended that common wormwood was ‘excellent in weakness of the stomach, gout and gravel’.
SUGGESTED USEThe Ancient Egyptians used wormwood as a vermifuge and to ease coughs and fevers; the Ancient Greeks favoured its used for treating rheumatism, and women’s problems, Hippocrates even recommended it for curing jaundice. Culpeper in the 17th century recommended that common wormwood was ‘excellent in weakness of the stomach, gout and gravel’.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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