African Wormwood | Artemisia Afra
African Wormwood – Artemisia Absinthium This herb (Artemisia Afra)
Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
Wormwood is perhaps best known because of the use of its oil to prepare certain alcoholic beverages, most notably vermouth and absinthe. Absinthe, popular in the 19th century in Europe, caused several cases of brain damage and even death and was banned in most places in the early 20th century. Wormwood oil continues to be used as a flavoring agent for foods, although in much smaller amounts than were found in absinthe.
As a traditional medicine, wormwood was used by herbalists as a bitter to improve digestion, to fight worm infestations, and to stimulate menstruation.2 It was also regarded as a useful remedy for liver and gallbladder problems.
Dosage and safety information
Due to a lack of research, no specific dosage guidelines for wormwood exist.
At the same time, various governmental institutions have placed restrictions on wormwood products, as its compounds can produce toxic effects.
For instance, the European Union (EU) limits foods prepared with wormwood to 0.23 mg of thujone per pound (0.5 mg/kg), while the threshold for alcoholic beverages like absinthe is 16 mg per pound (35 mg/kg).
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restricts any commercial product containing thujone to 10 parts per million (ppm) or less. This amount is considered negligible and thus safe for most populations (3, 21, 22Trusted Source).
Keep in mind that wormwood tea and extracts aren’t regulated by the FDA. Thus, they don’t fall under these regulations and harbor significantly more thujone.
If you’re unsure how much to take, it’s best to speak to your medical provider.
Organic African Wormwood Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the wormwood plant of South Africa. Historically this plant has been cultivated and used for a large variety of medicinal benefits. It is known for its ability to help relieving pain, clearing nasal congestion,and killing harmful microorganisms. African Wormwood’s anti-parasitic powers can help with a cleanse or in relieving digestive ailments.
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Ingredients: Artemisia Absinthium stems, leaves, and plants.
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