Wormwood is also known as Green Ginger and Absinthium. In the past, it was used in alcoholic drinks such as Absinthe (now banned) to add to its taste and intoxication since wormwood itself has narcotic effects. Its botanical name is Artemisia Absinthium or Artemisia Annua.
Before exploring its medicinal properties, you should know that the Essential Oil of Wormwood is a potent poison due to a possible high concentration of thujone in it. More precisely, it is a neurotoxin. So, extreme care should be taken while using wormwood for medicinal purposes, and prolonged use should be avoided. That being said, here are some of the medicinal properties of Wormwood essential oil.
Health Benefits of Wormwood Essential Oil
Act as a Cholagogue
As wormwood essential oil has a cholagogue effect, it may help the liver empty bile into the stomach and accelerate other eruptive actions. It’s beneficial in two ways. To begin with, ph or basic bile can aid in the degradation of food and aid digestion. Second, it can aid in the neutralization of excess acids in the stomach, alleviating issues such as acidity, ulcers induced by chronic acidity, and dehydration.
As this oil may be high in thujone, it has a thujone-like aroma. Its usage as a deodorant is thus permissible. However, excessive inhalation should be avoided while using it with a very high level of dilution.
Being a cholagogue, it can stimulate the production and secretion of bile and other digestive juices into the stomach. This facilitates digestion, which means that this oil can be used for digestive purposes, but only in shallow doses.
Act as an Emmenagogue
This is beneficial for women’s health as obstructed menstruation can cause health problems. Wormwood Essential Oil’s emmenagogue ability aids in the relief of headaches, abdominal cramps, aches, nausea, weariness, and a loss of appetite, as well as the regularization of menstruation.
Prevent Microbial Infections
The toxic property of specific components like alpha-thujone and beta-thujone of Wormwood Essential Oil helps fight infections, kill microbes, and inhibit their growth. They are also fatal for viruses and bacteria, which give fevers. Wormwood essential oil thereby helps reduce fever, making this oil a febrifuge.
Effective as an Insecticide
A potentially poisonous substance to higher animals and mammals will undoubtedly be toxic to some lower animals and insects. So, being contaminated, the Essential Oil of Wormwood serves as an insecticide and an insect repellent. It can be used in sprays, vaporizers, and fumigants to have this effect.
Relieve Nervous Afflictions
In general, the term “Narcotic” negatively impacts most countries. However, it can also be beneficial against specific symptoms, just like some of the deadliest poisons have their uses as medicines. The narcotic effect of this oil can be used to alleviate or calm down nervous afflictions, epileptic and hysteric attacks, convulsions, stress, tension, and insomnia.
Kill Intestinal Worms
The parasitic worms, such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms that are occasionally found in the human body, cannot withstand the toxicity of Wormwood Essential Oil and are quickly killed. This helps in regaining a good growth pattern, particularly in children, due to the proper absorption of nutrients in the body.
Act as a Tonic
Wormwood Essential Oil is a tonic that may boost the body even while toning up its biological processes. It can aid with digestion and nutrient absorption. It also improves circulation and aids in the proper and consistent delivery of nutrients throughout the body.
Wormwood Essential Oil is poisonous and is a neurotoxin. Large doses can cause nervous afflictions, convulsions, restlessness, and impulsive behaviour.