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For centuries, wormwood – a derivative of the stems, roots and flowers of the Artemisia annua shrub – has been used to maintain a healthy digestive system and:**

  • Helps in combating intestinal parasites**

  • Promotes digestive comfort**

  • Supports a holistic wellness routine

Read more about Wormwood

What is Wormwood?

Wormwood may be best known for its role as a flavoring agent in absinthe, an alcoholic drink that was popular in Europe in the 1800s. Absinthe’s notorious – and, as it turns out, incorrect – a reputation for producing psychotropic effects resulted in a century-long ban in Europe. Long before the absinthe controversy, the herb was an essential ingredient in folk wellness traditions across Europe and Asia, where it was used to stimulate appetite, to eliminate parasites, to ease menstrual discomfort, as a sleep aid, and to support a healthy digestive tract. In its most significant folk wellness application, the herb was highly effective in fighting malaria in China, thanks to its potent compound artemisinin.**

In recent years, research has supported many of the wellness benefits of Artemisia annua, especially those related to digestive health and comfort. Wormwood has been found to be an effective botanical for help in ridding the body of roundworms and other intestinal parasites. The herb has also been shown to have an effect on the intestinal tract and bowels, helping to ease the discomfort associated with some digestive issues. It is considered a “bitter” that stimulates stomach acid production, which helps to support a healthy appetite, ideal digestive function and overall digestive comfort.**

In addition to artemesinin, wormwood supplies a high concentration of a volatile oil called thujone. While this oil is toxic in large amounts, it is also a potent wellness-promoting agent when used sparingly. Studies have found that the herb also supplies the compounds borneol and methyl hinokiate, suggesting additional wellness applications.**

Wormwood Products

Supplements are sourced from the Artemisia annua plant and supply the active ingredient artemisinin, along with other beneficial botanicals found in the herb. The supplement is available in capsules, liquid extract or tea form, and is sometimes combined with other wellness herbs.**

Wormwood Directions for Use

Seek advice from a health care provider prior to starting any supplement regimen. There is no standard recommended amount; in capsule or tablet form, dosage ranges up to 500 mg.**