Every so often we feature an herb whose name actually references its herbal action. Wormwood is one of these. Primarily known by herbalists as an important herb for expelling parasites and intestinal worms, wormwood is utilized in an entirely different form as well. The controversial alcoholic beverage absinthe is made with wormwood. Although absinthe is now illegal in many countries, wormwood is used in a number of other alcoholic beverages as well. Herbalists primarily use wormwood in extracts, teas and tinctures. It has a strong and bitter flavor so it is generally combined with more appealing flavors in preparations.
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Artemisia absinthium is native to Europe but is now grown throughout Asia and North America as well. It is a small perennial shrub which prefers a temperate climate. A great benefit of wormwood for the home gardener is that this plant helps to repel insects- especially slugs! The plant will generally grow about two feet tall with silvery green/ gray leaves that seem to be coated in small hairs. Wormwood is a hardy plant which will often grow along roadsides and in abandoned parking lots. Harvest wormwood in the summer (generally around July or August). Herbalists use the above-ground portions of wormwood in herbal preparations and the flowers are separated from the rest of the plant before utilizing.
TriLight Health and Wormwood
Wormwood is used in our Worm Out Parasite Cleanse. We combine it with Black Walnut Hulls, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, Pau d’Arco, Thyme, Chamomile, Burdock, Catnip, Wormwood and Cloves in a base of Kosher Vegetable Glycerine and Reverse Osmosis Water. This is one of our most popular formulas!
Did you know that some estimate 75-80% of Americans have intestinal parasites? Thank goodness for wormwood!!