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Artemisia: properties, uses and contraindications

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Published on Jul 03, 2019

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Artemisia: properties, uses and contraindications. Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is a perennial plant of the asteraceae family, used for the treatment of various disorders. Let's discover all of its benefits, properties and contraindications in order to use it in the most profitable and responsible as possible.

The Artemisia is a plant with a shrubby perennial, without stolons, with a vague smell of “vermouth”. It is characterized by a shell that is built of a reddish colour; the striated, very branchy., with a root woody, short, and oblique. Its height varies from 50 to 150 cm.

The leaves are alternate, lanceolate, incised-toothed, green and glabrous above, whitish and tomentose beneath. The lower ones with 2-4 laciniae gear to the side, a semi-embrace, with wide blade 4-6 mm in the apical portion, reduced only to the rachis in the basal portion, the leaves, the upper reduced, linear.

The flowers are tubulosi yellow-to-reddish, gathered in flower heads subsessili ovoid in wide panicle pyramidal, leafy, with involucre tomentose or densely woolly and corolla ghiandolosa. The fruits are achenes glabrous oblong, pointed, smooth, and destitute of pappus.

Although very popular in recent years, the Artemisia is a shrub that is very old. Its use dates back even to the times of the Greek goddess Artemis, protector of hunters. Many argue that it was the queen Artemisia to name it after falling in love the power of this shrub from the appearance of the humble and wild. In Italy it grows spontaneously in several of its variants, to the point of being even considered a weed.

Some general info:

The properties of Artemisia have long been exploited by the folk medicine and the tradition. Years of use and experience, have arrived to enhance its ability diuretic, digestive, bitter tonic, emmenagoghe (can stimulate the flow of blood in the pelvic area and uterus, and, in some cases, to promote menstruation.), antispasmodic, sudorifere, febrifuge, sedative, anthelmintic, anorectic.
Of Artemisia you can use just all the shrub, and each of its part is able to bring a number of benefits:

Missing, however, scientific data about its efficacy and safety.

The artemisia is taken in two different ways:

Mugwort should never be taken lightly. Although contributions of many benefits, also has important side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. You have to portarre particular attention to the allergic reactions (hay fever);.

The Intake of Artemisia is to be avoided in pregnancy for its potential abortion. It is contraindicated in individuals with gastritis, peptic ulcer, epilepsy. In some people contact with skin may cause dermatitis.

Did you know that the famous painter of the caravaggio school Artemisia Gentileschi (lived in the first part of the seventeenth century) had the same name of this shrub? The famous artist became the symbol of feminism in the end of the ‘900 had the same name, and perhaps even the capacity of resistance, of this precious plant. A real tribute to the goddess Artemis; Artemisia, in fact, means “dedicated to Artemis”.

The article Artemisia: properties, uses and contraindications comes from Workout-Italy.

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