Is It Safe to Consume Wormwood and Mugwort?

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Are Wormwood and Mugwort Safe for Consumption?Are Wormwood and Mugwort Safe for Consumption?

What is the Difference Between Wormwood and Sweet Wormwood? What Are The Health Benefits of Each?

And what is mugwort? Is it the same as wormwood?

OK, to keep it simple: Wormwood, also known as Artemisia Absinthium is an herb used to make vermouth and absinthe. Only low doses of the plant oil are used as it contains thujones toxins which are poisonous in high doses. In some areas the sale of vermouth and absinthe are prohibited from being sold for this reason.

Sweet Wormwood Is Medicinal

On the other hand, sweet wormwood, also known as Artemisia Annua, Mugwort (falsely), or Sweet Annie, has huge health benefits.

Recently, sweet wormwood has been referred to as an equivalent to Ivermectin, both of whose discoverers are Nobel Prize winners.

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Sweet wormwood is native to Southeast Asia and is a green herb with feathery leaves and yellow flowers. The Chinese have utilized it in their medicine for millennia for malaria, fevers, viral and bacterial infections, inflammation, tuberculosis, and jaundice. In 2015 it’s discoverer, Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize for its use in the treatment of malaria.

And she doesn’t have a medical degree or a PhD!

The active ingredient in sweet wormwood is artemisinin. It has anti-viral, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Artemisinin’s concentrated hydrogen peroxide and iron storage causes free radical production. This in turn leads to the powerful destruction of infected cells, parasites, and viruses, as well as the unique ability to increase oxygen levels in the body.

As with Ivermectin, sweet wormwood is low in toxicity, safe, and relatively cheap. Below is a list of its beneficial uses:

  • digestive issues such as GERD, acid reflux, bloating, and intestinal spasms.
  • gall bladder disease
  • liver and kidney cleanses
  • worm infections
  • Crohn’s disease
  • arthritis pain
  • weight loss (due to its B vitamins that promote metabolism and burn fat)
  • inhibits growth and activity of bacteria on the scalp and protects hair follicles
  • destroys malarial parasites that are living inside red blood cells


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How To Take Sweet Wormwood / Artemisinin

There are numerous ways to take artemisinin. Supplements are available but making it into tea provides the most benefit. Steep 4 to 9.5 grams of dried sweet wormwood in boiling water and drink it. This can be done up to four times per day. The artemisinin extracted from the sweet wormwood plant may also be administered orally, intramuscularly, or as a suppository. Do not use the actual oil internally due to its toxicity. Many health food stores carry sweet wormwood as well as the dried plants. They can also be purchased online.

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What Is Mugwort? Is It the Same as Sweet Wormwood?

Sweet wormwood and mugwort are similar but not exactly the same plant. Both plants belong to the Artemisia family and have similar looking leaves, but they have some differences in their appearance, chemical composition, and traditional uses.

While both sweet wormwood and mugwort have been used for medicinal purposes, they are typically used for different purposes and are not interchangeable.

Sweet wormwood, or Artemisia annua, is a shrub native to Asia and is best known for its medicinal use in the treatment of malaria. The leaves of sweet wormwood contain a compound called artemisinin, which is used in combination with other drugs to treat malaria, as well as the things listed above.

Mugwort, on the other hand, is a common herb found throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine for various purposes, including digestive problems, menstrual cramps, and anxiety.

What Is It Like to Smoke Mugwort?

Is mugwort a psychoactive herb? Why do people smoke it?

Can you get addicted to Mugwort?

Mugwort leaves contain a compound called thujone, which is believed to have mild psychoactive properties. Some people also smoke mugwort for its alleged therapeutic and relaxing effects.

The thujone in Mugwort is believed to have mild psychoactive properties. It is thought to produce a calming and relaxing effect, making it potentially useful for reducing anxiety and promoting better sleep. Some people also believe that smoking mugwort can enhance dreaming and lucid dreaming.

Can you get addicted to mugwort?

There is limited scientific evidence to support the supposed benefits of smoking mugwort, but some people do it. I guess it must do something for them…

Can You Get Addicted to Smoking Mugwort?

It is highly doubtful that you can get addicted to smoking mugwort, due to the very minor effects. You won’t be wanting to rob a liquor store or hock your grandmother’s TV set to get a bag of mugwort. And it doesn’t lead to harder drugs, like caffeine or sugar.

Anyway, you can’t get addicted to smoking wormwood either, although people in history who drank Absinthe (made with wormwood) have been known to do things like hack their ear off and mail it to a friend. Honestly, I think they were going to do that anyway…

Besides, much research reveals that Absinthe is just another type of alcoholic beverage, and is not hallucinogenic or crazy-causing, despite many eccentric artists having been very fond of it.

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Side Effects of Sweet Wormwood?

There are few side effects of sweet wormwood. However it is not recommended for pregnant women, anyone taking blood thinners or seizure medications, or anyone with kidney disease.


So, that is the difference between wormwood and sweet wormwood and the health benefits of each, as well as what  mugwort is, and the distinction between mugwort and sweet wormwood.

I hope this has alerted you to these two powerhouse medicines, Artemisinin (Sweet Wormwood), and Ivermectin. After all, being awarded a Nobel Prize is no small feat!

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