A Greek word came to Latin as absinthĭum and then to our language as absinthe. It
identifies a plant whose scientific name is Artemisia
absinthium, which is used to make alcoholic beverages and medicines.
Absinthe belongs to the group of herbaceous and perennial plants. It usually
reaches a height of one meter, with greenish leaves, light
yellow flowers and a very small fruit.
With a very bitter taste, wormwood was traditionally used
as medicine since it has various properties that can be
beneficial for the body, although it must be supplied with caution in view of
the toxicity of its oil. Wormwood can contribute to the
treatment of a large number of stomach upsets, stimulate liver function, combat
skin problems, treat osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, regularize the
menstrual cycle, and even fight depression.
Regarding the medicinal use of wormwood to treat digestive problems,
it should be noted that this plant is very beneficial for our
digestive system, and can contribute to improving a fairly wide range of
discomforts, among which are the following:
* digestive problems: the bitter principles of wormwood act
by stimulating the hormone called gastrin, responsible for
generating an important range of actions in the digestive system to promote
proper digestion of food;
* flatulence: since wormwood improves the digestion of
food, it also reduces the chances of gas accumulation in the digestive tract,
which usually takes place when the process is not completed properly;
* lack of appetite: this disorder is much
more common than most people think, and can have serious consequences on the
body, such as weakness or malnutrition, and is very common after a stage of
convalescence, in anorexic individuals and in some children. Absinthe has the
ideal bitter principles for stimulating appetite, since it acts on the
hypothalamus and increases stomach movements;
* improper liver function: few parts of the body are as
important and delicate as the liver, so it is essential to take care of it by
all possible means. Thanks to its cholagogue and choleretic properties, wormwood
also serves to treat some liver diseases.
regarding the way of administering or consuming wormwood, it is very simple,
as is also the case with a large number of other medicinal plants. In general,
it is recommended to buy dry leaves, crush them until they fall apart and then
mix them in water to prepare an infusion. There are many
different procedures, and it can also be combined with other products to adapt
its flavor to the tastes of each person or enhance its properties.
Wormwood, moreover, also used as a repellent of insects because
its strong smell them away from the place where we do not want to get together,
in a clean and peaceful. Moths and mosquitoes, in this framework, can be fought
Absinthe or absinthe is called a green alcoholic
drink that is made with Artemisia absinthium as the
main ingredient and may include anise, fennel and other components. It is
important to note that, due to its characteristics, many countries have
prohibited this drink throughout history.
According to the amount of the essential oil called tujona that
includes absinthe, the drink can generate hallucinations since it alters the
nervous system. This led the authorities of several nations to
limit the inclusion of tujona to authorize the commercialization of wormwood.
The vermouth is another alcoholic beverage that bears
wormwood. This wine is usually used as an aperitif or for