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The Artemis or San Juan plant, benefits and indications

The Artemis or San Juan plant, benefits and indications

The Artemis, scientific name Artemisia absinthium, belongs to the asteraceae family. Its name refers to the Greek goddess of the hunt, and the term abstinthium means "devoid of sweetness" in Greek, because it has a bitter taste.

The artemis plant is also known by other names as common wormwood, asensio, bitter artemisia, fire grass or St. John's plant (Do not confuse with Grass of San Juan), and is a plant with medicinal properties that has been used for thousands of years because of the many benefits it offers.


  • 1 Where the Aretmisa is obtained
  • 2 Properties of Artemis
  • 3 How artemis is taken
  • 4 Side effects of artemis

Where the Aretmisa is obtained

The Artemis is a plant native to Asia and Europe, although today it is grown all over the world, belonging to the family of Asteraceae, and can reach two meters high. It is considered as one of the first that were used by man for medicinal purposes. It takes advantage of flowers, stems and leaves.

Properties of Artemis

This plant, specifically its roots, is a general tonic and possesses the property of increase physical and mental energy. The leaves and flowers are also used for numerous therapeutic purposes such as those indicated below:

  • Combat physical and mental stress and fatigue thanks to its toning action
  • It calms the mind and has antidepressant properties
  • It is expectorant, so it is indicated in colds, flu and bronchitis
  • Regulate menstruation
  • Reduce menstrual cramps by mitigating stomach cramps
  • Relieves menopause symptoms such as hot flashes
  • Stimulates the function of the kidneys and fights fluid retention, as it is a diuretic and diaphoretic plant (induces perspiration)
  • It helps to purify the liver by increasing bile production, which corrects fat metabolism and improves bowel movements.
  • Facilitates slow and heavy digestions
  • It improves colic
  • Fights infections, is an antiseptic used in the form of local application
  • Purifies the blood and facilitates the elimination of toxins
  • Relieves dizziness and dizziness

Artemis is also much appreciated in traditional Chinese medicine. It is the herb used by acupuncturists who practice moxibustion, a form of healing in which the artemis is burned, either in a cone-shaped pile or on top of an acupuncture needle.

According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the artemis leaf has bitter, spicy and hot properties, which are associated with the meridians of the liver, spleen and kidney. Burning artemis in moxibustion therapy is one of the oldest forms of traditional Chinese medicine and is used to stimulate the flow of qi and maintain general health. Artemis dissipates cold and moisture.

The tuyona, the toxin present in artemisa, is also traditionally used in flavored beers and wines, and some chefs include it as a bitter ingredient in salty dishes.

How artemis is taken

Artemis can be taken as an infusion or as a tincture. The dose of wormwood powder (leaves or flowers) ranges from 500 mg to 3 grams. The maximum dose of wormwood powder should not exceed 6 grams per day.

Infusions are made with dried artemisa leaves (15 grams of dried leaves with 500 ml of boiling water) and can be taken three times a day for painful menstrual cramps. Artemis infusion stimulates menstrual flow, causing increased blood circulation in the area of ​​the pelvis and uterus.

It also stimulates the appetite taken as an infusion, in this case the infusion is made with 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried artemisa leaves and 150 ml of boiling water. It is boiled for 5 minutes, then filtered or filtered and drunk 2 or three times a day before meals to increase appetite and digestion.

Side effects of artemis

The main side effects that may occur are: rashes, itching, chest tightness, wheezing and hives.

It should not be used if together with medicines that thin the blood.

It is not recommended during pregnancy or lactation

It is not recommended to take for more than two weeks in a row

People with liver damage, however, should avoid the consumption of artemis, because of the toxic properties of the plant.

The artemisa plant can also be used to make a tincture, although concentrated artemisa is potentially more dangerous than the non-concentrated plant, since tuyone, the toxin present in artemisa, is also concentrated.