Southernwood / Artemisia Abrotanum

Other names:
Old Man, Boy's Love, Oldman Wormwood, Lover's Plant, Appleringie, Garderobe, Our Lord's Wood
Southernwood is antiseptic and can kill intestinal worms It has been used to treat liver, spleen and stomach problems. It is used medicinally in Germany, where poultices are placed on wounds, splinters and skin conditions and it is employed occasionally to treat frostbite.

Its constituents have been shown to stimulate the gallbladder and bile, which improves digestion and liver functions. The leaves are mixed with other herbs in aromatic baths and is said to counter sleepiness. An infusion of the leaves is said to work as a natural insect repellent when applied to the skin or if used as a hair rinse is said to combat dandruff.

Added by wikiherbia on Wed 29 Aug 2012 on 6:07 pm GMT

Updated by wikiherbia on Wed 29 Aug 2012 at 6:12 pm GMT