Wormwood OilThe wormwood plant has been in usage for thousands of years. It originates from Mediterranean area but nowadays it can be found all over the world. Wormwood dark and bitter oil is obtained from its leaves. It was originally used for eliminating worms from the body, to induce labor and in alcoholic drink Absinthe. Today, wormwood oil is used for a variety of disorders.
Health BenefitsThere are a lot of health benefits of wormwood oil. It can stimulate digestion and reduces the production of stomach acid. It is recommended for people who suffer from acid reflux and other problems with the stomach, such as ulcers. Wormwood oil can stimulate your appetite. It can also be used to treat problems such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. It may help you get rid of gallbladder stones. For any gastrointestinal or digestive problems, make sure you take just small doses of wormwood. Wormwood oil stimulates contractions of uterus so it may help women who have problems with obstructed menstruation. This can also relieve the pain associated with menstruation and reduce the risk of uterus cancer. Wormwood oil improves the blood flow which is very important for keeping your heart healthy.
Additional UsesWormwood oil can also be used externally. If you have bruises or cuts on the skin, you can apply some wormwood oil to speed up the healing process. Skin disorders such as itching and hives can be treated with wormwood because it will prevent infection of the skin because of its antiseptic properties. Wormwood oil also has anesthetic properties, so you can use it to ease the pain caused by disorders, such as muscle or joint sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, and lumbago. It is also an excellent insect repellent. You can apply some of wormwood oil on the skin or you can use it as spray or vaporizes for this purpose. Wormwood is used in alcoholic drinks because of its bitter taste.
Safety MeasuresWormwood is a narcotic so be careful when you use it. Use just small doses and never use it for a long time because it can cause addiction and even brain damage. It can affect your nervous system as well. If you take a large dose you may experience mood and behavior changes, such as restlessness and agitation. You may also feel sick and dizzy, you may also have headache, stomach cramps and you may vomit. Pregnant women should avoid taking wormwood because it can induce premature labor or miscarriage.