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Absinthe: medicinal properties, method of use and benefits

Absinthe: medicinal properties, method of use and benefits


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ABSINTHE

Artemisia absinthium

(family

Asteraceae

)

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

Absinthe, scientific name Artemisia absinthium L. belongs to the family of Asteraceae (former Compositae) and is a plant known since ancient times for its therapeutic properties.

It is a perennial herbaceous plant with taproot and erect stem, silver-green in color with evident grooves and up to one meter high. The leaves are large, deeply incised and greenish-gray on the upper side and white on the lower side. The flowers are small, yellow gathered in flower heads. It blooms from July to September. The fruit is an achene.

PROPERTY'

Absinthe contains essential oil, absintin, resins, tannins, acids, nitrates.

Its properties are: tonic, stimulating, vermifuge, antihelminthic, antipyretic, emmenagogue.

USED ​​PARTS OF THE PLANT

Absinthe uses the flower tops and the leaves dried in a shady and ventilated place.

HOW TO USE IT

Absinthe is used as a decoction and an infusion to stimulate appetite, aid in digestion and in case of fever. It is also very effective in the case of painful menstruation.

Wormwood and garlic poultices or enemas are great for fighting intestinal worms.

For external use the compresses are great for wounds.

In the kitchen it is used to flavor various dishes and as a flavoring for liqueurs. It has a very bitter taste.

CURIOSITY'

It is also known as wormwood or wormwood

The painting by Edgar Degas is very famous, The Absinthe that is "absinthe" (1876) kept in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Absinthe-based liqueur highlighting their faces dumbfounded by its consumption.

WARNINGS

In the use of absinthe, great caution must be exercised as an abuse causes serious poisoning, so much so that absinthe liquor in many European countries is forbidden to sell.

In lactating women it makes the milk bitter.

LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS

You see: Absinthe - The language of flowers and plants.


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