Wormwood is one of the bitterest herbs known and provides the bitter flavor in vermouth. Its essential oil contains thujone as a major constituent; thujone is harmful in large amounts. Wormwood is used in closet and drawer sachets, as a bitter aromatic and as an ingredient in liniments.
Directions: For tea, pour one cup of boiling water over one scant teaspoon of wormwood herb, cover and let steep for five minutes. Wormwood makes a very bitter tea and is often mixed with other tummy herbs such as peppermint or chamomile to tone down the bitterness.
Suggested Uses: Wormwood herb is used as a bitter aromatic to promote appetite and as a general digestive tonic. It's also an ingredient in muscle salves and liniments.
The whole leaves are sometimes used in herb crafting for their scent and color. The leaves can be placed in drawers to protect clothing or sewn into drawer or closet sachets. At one time, wormwood was used as a strewing herb in areas where animals reside.
Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies wormwood as:
Class: 2b Herbs not to be used during pregnancy
Class: 2c Herbs not to be used while nursing
Class: 2d Not for long-term use; do not exceed recommended dose
Per the German Commission E Monograph** for wormwood, there are no known contraindications, side effects or drug interactions.
*Michael McGuffin, ed., American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, (New York: CRC Press, 1997)
**Mark Blumenthal, ed., The Complete German Commission E Monographs, (Austin TX: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998)
Wormwood Herb, Cut & Sifted, ORGANIC
Wormwood Herb C/S, ORGANIC
- Brand: Frontier Bulk
Botanical Name: Artemisia absinthium L.
Safety Info: Use with caution. Not to be used during pregnancy or while nursing. Do not exceed recommended dose. Not recommended for long-term use.
Directions: To prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Size: 1 lb
Package: Bulk Bag
Introduction Date: 1995-11-01
Serving Size 1/2 tsp (473mg)
Servings About 958
Amount per Serving
Organic Wormwood, cut (herb) 473mg*
* Daily Value not established.
Common Name: Wormwood Herb
Plant Part: Herb
Cut: Cut & Sifted
Bar Code: 0-89836-00392-8