Artemisia is a medicinal plant, popularly known as Field Chamomile, Fire Herb, Queen of Herbs, which is traditionally used by women, to treat problems of the urogenital system, such as urinary tract infection and to calm anxiety .
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What is Artemisia for
Artemisia has different species of different plants and each has its characteristics, benefits and contraindications. The most used species is Artemisia vulgaris, known only for Artemisia in Brazil.
Although this plant is traditionally used as an analgesic, antispasmodic, anticonvulsant, for the treatment of dyspepsia, epilepsy, rheumatic pains, fevers, anemias, lack of control, colic and to expel intestinal parasites, only the following benefits are scientifically proven:
- Helps protect the liver
- It has antifungal, broad spectrum and antihelmintic action (against worms)
- Contributes to improving mood
- Improves the quality of life of patients with Chronh disease
- Exerts an antioxidant action, contributing to brain protection and stroke prevention
- It helps to prevent certain types of cancer, especially acute myeloid leukemia.
How to Make Artemisia Tea
Artemisia vulgaris tea should be prepared as follows:
- 2 tablespoons of Artemisia vulgaris leaves
- 1 liter of water.
- Preparation mode
Place 2 tablespoons of the leaves in 1 liter of boiling water and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain and drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
Preferably, Artemisia should be consumed by medical indication or by the herbalist, since it has several types and presents some contraindications.
Where to find Artemisia
It is possible to buy Artemisia at gardening stores, street markets and in the botanical garden. The leaves to be consumed in the form of tea or spice can be found in supermarkets and health food stores, but whenever you buy this plant to use in the form of tea, you should check its scientific name on the product packaging.
Possible side effects and contraindications
Artemisia should not be used by people who are hypersensitive to the plant, pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding.
If ingested in excess of the recommended amount it can cause excitation of the central nervous system, vasodilation, seizures, allergic reactions, problems in the liver and kidneys, and mental and psychological problems.