Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) can be found in Europe, northern Africa, parts of Asia, and North and South America. The above ground parts, the aerial shoots and leaves can be used medicinally. Wormwood contains bitter principles (absinthin and anabsinthin) and a volatile oil composed of 70% thujone. In small doses, wormwood can act as an aromatic bitter. Wormwood has been used for loss of appetite, indigestion, biliary dyskineasia, and gastrointestinal complaints. It has demonstrated antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antifungal activities.
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Cautions Orally, habitual large amounts of wormwood can cause restlessness, insomnia, vomiting, stomach and intestinal cramps, and dizziness.