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Health Benefits of Artemisia Annua

Updated on April 12, 2011

Health Benefits of Artemisia Annua

The annual Artemisia (scientific name Artemisia annua L., 1753) is a small herbaceous plant belonging to the family Asteraceae, originally from Hunan province in China.It is a herbal plant

Etymology

The etymology of the generic term (Artemisia) is safe and appears to derive from Artemisia, wife of Mausolus, King of Caria, but also, according to other etymologies, could come from the goddess of the hunt (Artemis), or from a Greek word " Artemesia "(= healthy), alluding to the medicinal properties of plants of the genus Artemisia. The specific name (year) refers to the annual biological cycle of the plant.

The currently accepted scientific binomial (Artemisia abrotanum) was proposed by Carl von Linné (1707 - 1778) Swedish biologist and writer, considered the father of modern scientific classification of living organisms in the publication "Species Plantarum" in 1753.

Description

These are plants whose height can vary from 5 to 15 dm; in America can grow up to 30 dm. The organic form is therophytes scaposa (T SCAP), which are herbaceous plants that differ from other life forms because, being annual, they overcome the adverse season in the form of seed, are also equipped with erect flower axis, sometimes, a few leaves. The plants are basically hairless, and have a strong aromatic smell. These plants are also latex-free (like the other Asteraceae), sesquiterpene lactones, however, contain essential oils.

 

Uses

 

This plant has been used for decades in the treatment of many diseases, including dermatitis. Recently (after 1970) has been used against malaria, in fact, this plant is the active ingredient artemisinin antimalarial that has a significant function .. According to the annual folk medicine Absinthe has the following medicinal properties:

 

·         antibacterial (blocks the generation of bacteria);

 

·         antiseptic (property to prevent or slow the growth of microbes);

 

·         carminative (promotes the release of intestinal gas);

 

·         digestive;

 

·         febrifuge (lowers body temperature).

 

Kitchen

 

Although this plant as others like it can provide an essential oil extracted from leaves and used to flavor many alcoholic beverages

 

Gardening

 

It is a plant of easy cultivation. It needs well-drained, slightly alkaline soils but poor in sunny places.

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    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Nature,though mysterious to me,is a true mirical I can believe in.;)

    • chspublish profile image

      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Good to know about this plant with its very useful properties. Thanks.

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