Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wormwood essential oil

Wormwood essential oil, artemisia annua, is above all a stomach medicine, being useful for indigestion, gastric pain, and lack of appetite, as well as the related problems of heartburn and flatulence, fevers, dysentery, asthma, burns, anemia. It is also said to be helpful for liver insufficiency by stimulating liver and gallbladder secretions, jaundice.
Wormwood, artemesia annua, has a stem that is branched, and firm, almost woody at the base. The stem is covered with fine silky hairs, as are the leaves. The leaves themselves are 3 inches long by one broad, thrice pinnate with linear, blunt segments. They are grayish-green and have a distinct odor.
Wormwood essential oil blends well with the following essential oils: oak moss, jasmine, orange and lavender.
Wormwood oil cautions - Pure wormwood essential oil, artemisia annua, is poisonous. Relatively small doses may cause nervous disorders, convulsions, insomnia, nightmares, and other symptoms. For external use only, and must be properly diluted in a carrier oil. If you are pregnant, do not use wormwood.
Wormwood oil properties - Anthelmintic, choleretic, deodorant, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insect repellent, narcotic, stimulant (digestive), tonic, vermifuge.

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