I won’t be surprised if you say that you haven’t much heard the name of this hydrosol. It is actually true, this wonderful solution still stays concealed from the limelight, even though its uses and benefits are unbeatable.
Wormwood is also known as Green Ginger and Absinthium and earlier it was used in alcoholic drinks such as Absinthe (banned now) to add to its taste and intoxication, since wormwood itself has narcotic effects. Its botanical name is Artemisia Absinthium or Artemisia Annua. The Essential Oil of Wormwood is extracted by steam distillation of its leaves, twigs and flowering tops and is chiefly composed of alpha thujone, beta thujone, geranyl propionate, linalyl acetate, myrcene, sabinene, trans sabinol and trans sabinyl acetate.
The health benefits of Wormwood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti helmitic, cholagogue, deodorant, digestive, emenagogue, febrifuge, insecticide, narcotic, vermifuge and tonic.
- Cholagogue: As it has cholagogue property, it promotes discharge of bile from liver into the stomach and stimulates other discharges too. This helps in two ways. First, bile being alkaline or basic in nature, it helps in the decomposition or breaking down of food and thereby facilitates digestion. Second, it helps neutralize the excess acids in the stomach, thereby giving relief from problems like acidity, ulcers caused due to prolonged acidity and acidosis.
- Deodorant: Since this oil is high in thujone content, it has got a characteristic smell of this constituent and has an aroma similar to that of Thuja. This justifies its use as a deodorant. But care should be taken to use it in very high degree of dilution to avoid excessive inhalation.
- Digestive: Being a cholagogue, it stimulates production and secretion of bile and other digestive juices into the stomach. This facilitates digestion and hence this oil can be used for digestive purposes, but in very-very low doses.
- Emenagogue: Its property of stimulating discharges makes it an emenagogue. It stimulates menstrual discharges and help open obstructed menstruations. This is very beneficial from the point of view of health since obstructed menstruations can give rise to some critical health problems in women, including uterine tumours and cancer. The emenagogue property of Wormwood Essential Oil helps get rid of problems like headache, abdominal cramps and ache, nausea, fatigue, lack of appetite etc. and make periods regular.
Essential Oil of Wormwood is a potent poison due to presence of high concentration of thujone in it. Precisely, it is a neurotoxin.
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