A bitter herb that stimulates digestion, wormwood once formed the key flavouring in the alcoholic drink, absinthe, which was popular in the 19th century, although it has now been banned because of its toxicity. Fresh pressed juices and infusions are, however, quite safe to use. Wormwood can help to stimulate gastric function and to improve appetite.
Parts used: Aerial parts
Actions: Bitter digestive tonic, uterine stimulants, anthelmintics
Used in: Infusions, juices
Cautions: Wormwood contains thujone which is a toxic and addictive hallucinogen, so it should only be used for short periods. Avoid in pregnancy and if epileptic