A common species in South Africa and East Africa, African Wormwood is one of the most used traditional medicines despite her bitterness.
African wormwood is a volatile plant so makes a wonderful essential oil. She is warming, cleansing and disinfecting. She is anti-bacterial and antimicrobial and therefore a popular plant in helping to ease colds, coughs and flu.
African wormwood is also mildly analgesic, so massaged topically onto the skin can help ease pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis. As a steam inhalation, she can ease nasal congestion and in a warm bath, ease headaches and menstrual pain.
In a wash, African wormwood is useful to clean cuts and grazes and as a compress, can help reduce inflammation associated with strains, sprains and bruises.
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