Wormwood is a medicinal plant with a bitter taste that has a variety of beneficial health effects. For example, wormwood can naturally promote digestion.
At the same time, wormwood reduces fever, protects against bacteria and fungi and is healthy for the liver. Wormwood is particularly known as a typical component of the alcoholic drink absinthe.
Therapeutic properties of wormwood
A recent research paper reports that wormwood has a number of therapeutic properties.
According to the experts, wormwood can, for example, reduce fever and have hepatoprotective, diuretic and digestive effects. Wormwood also has antioxidant and antimicrobial effects and can serve as an antiparasitic.
Relieves stomach discomfort
In a study on the possible effects of wormwood, it was also found that extracts from wormwood enable the treatment of stomach problems and at the same time have a gastroprotective effect.
Protects against bacteria and fungi
Further research shows the antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects of wormwood essential oil. In this, an extracted essential oil from wormwood had activity against all tested bacteria and fungi. Consuming a drinkable wormwood emulsion was also associated with notable anti-inflammatory activity.
Antioxidant and antibacterial properties
A fourth independent research study examined, among other things, whether ethanolic extracts from the leaves and stems of Artemisia absinthium L. (wormwood) have an antioxidant and antibacterial effect.
The results of the study show that the ethanolic extract has significant antibacterial activity against Klebsiella ESBL, Klebsiella CRE and E. coli ESBL. ESBL are special enzymes that render antibiotics ineffective and cause bacteria to become multi-resistant.
Overall, wormwood is a medicinal plant that has particular benefits for digestion and is effective against many dangerous bacteria. Wormwood also has antioxidant properties that protect the body from free radical damage. (as)