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Medicinal use in herbalism and phytochemical properties according to studies: Hypoglycemic, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, oneirogenic, vermifuge, Absinthe main ingredient, and more. Contacts Thujone


        This African variety of Wormwood is used medicinally in its native habitat by herbalists for ailments such as coughs, colds, influenza, but also headache, earache, malaria and intestinal worms. Fresh and dry leaves and even young stems are made into and used as infusions and tinctures(alcohol extracts). The African strain is considered to be entheogenic to some cultures, analgesic and antihistamine. Native Americans used it and related strains as an anti-toxin in small specific doses.


It has been used by some of the worlds most creative minds. It also has a historic reputation as an oneirogen ( dream inducing plant ). I saw on a documentary one time that deep states of REM sleep are said to enhance creativity in a person. [ Look into this for yourself via scholar.google.com ] Do I see a connection? In my experiences, any Thujone containing plant is an oneirogen. This strain is also related to Mugwort, which is no surprise because of their like properties. Mystics, ancient Alchemist, and other Shamanic cultures from around the world have always had a fascination, and need for Wormwood.


Aside from its use by mystical cultures, it's also very useful as a natural way to protect your garden. The use of this herb has often been applied for ridding the huamn body of parasitic worms. So I've hypothesized that it could do the same for plants. I've personally tested this hypothesis for use in the garden and it's very effective in keeping worms from eating your plants alive. See the full article on how to make a homemade pesticide to protect your garden here.


        This herb has been used since biblical times by many cultures across the world. The Egyptians used it as a remedy for expelling intestinal worms. In first-century Greek and Roman writings it's mentioned often for its medicinal applications with soldiers in battle. Back then, observation was all the proof people needed. Today, we do understand that these plants do produce pharmacological phytochemicals. Artemesia afra specifically is one of THE MOST WELL KNOWN herbs for its thujone content. I also like to plant it around other herbs in my garden to keep pest and any type of predator away. This is my belief, or more of an observation really. It's known as a vermifuge, something that gets rid of worms.


The popular drink known as "Absinthe" is derived from the scientific name of the plant ( Artemesia absinthium ) and was first created by Henri Pernod in 1797. The original Absinthe drink contained wormwood, fennel, anise and often other herbs. The popularity of the brew grew throughout Europe and the United States in the nineteenth century. Later on Absinthe was banned in several countries towards the early twentieth century. Shakespeare often mentioned Wormwood in his writings as well. He referred to it as eisell or eysell. I think it has some sort of connection to human creativity. My Native Americans friend claim it to be an oneirogen in their culture ( dream enhancing herb ). I see a connection with dreams and creativity as I feel my most inspired after a night of vivid and amazing dreams.

In the bible: Proverbs 5:1 - 5:6 ; Lamentations 3:13 - 3:19; Amos 5:6; Revelation 8:10 -12

Precautions



Even tho African Wormwood contains contains Thujone, this organic constituent exist in many plants in nature. While thujone is safe in small dosages, large dosages of thujone over time are said to have negative health effects. It would take a lot of consumption over a long period of time for this to happen, or an extract or free-base extraction. Pregnant women should avoid consumption of this herb, especially in excess. Note: It's challenging to consume toxic amounts of this constituent.


Dosages: ( small and infrequent! be careful!) Botanical Guides is updated often check back for more information.


Constituents



        Artemesia afra ( scientific name ) contains a lot of the same alkaloids found in many other herbs and ethnobotanicals. Thujone is an alkaloid found in this herb that also exist in Yarrow, Passion Flower, Sassafras root bark and many others. It is very common in nature for identical psychoactive compounds to be found in many different sources. This information can be backed up via the scholarly citations found all throughout this site. In my own herbalism practice, I will often use these other herbs in place of Wormwood in the event that I am out of it. It's very interesting to take a night. In my opinion, the quality of the plant material can be judged by its taste... Good quality herb has a really bitter taste.


When we look at Wormwood from a shamanic perspective, we understand that there is more to the plant than the phytochemicals that have been researched by phytochemist. It is a major favorite of many ancient alchemist, mystics, and shamanic cultures. Shamans believe that the plant will commune to you through your dreams, visions, and journeys. They hold the belief that plants like Wormwood will teach you how to use them, and what their hidden properties are. Get to know your medicine. Maybe there is something to the whole "green fairy" theme that revolves around Absinthe use? You know.. I saw on a documentary, real Absinthe, is dropped onto a sugar cube, and it actually GROWS NEON GREEN IN THE DARK! WHAT?! A friend of mine who is a phytochemist showed me how pure thujone actually glows under a blacklight! The same is so with harmine and harmaline.

Organic Wild-Harvested African Wormwood Scientific Name Artemesia afra


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