Features of common wormwood

Common wormwood, known as Chernobyl, is widely used for medicinal purposes. It has several contraindications.

  1. Characteristic
  2. Composition <
  3. Indications for use
  4. Traditional medicine
  5. Contraindications
  6. Conclusion

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Features of common wormwood


According to the botanical description common wormwood is part of the family of asters.This is a perennial shrub growing in European and Asian territories. It is found everywhere in Russia, with the exception of the Arctic Circle.

Bitter common wormwood is the main component of absinthe – an alcoholic tincture that improves appetite and is recommended as an aperitif.

В sometimes reaches a height of 2 m. It is easy to recognize it by the fine thin cirrus foliage of dark green color on the outside and the velvety layer on the inside. It has a characteristic pungent odor with bitterness. Inflorescences are formed by small white flowers.


The chemical composition of the Chernobyl:

  • thujone ether;
  • carotene;
  • saponins;
  • alkaloids;
  • flavonoids;
  • coumarin derivatives;
  • ascorbic acid;
  • thiamine;
  • tannins.

The roots of Chernobyl have the most healing properties, which contain the highest concentration of useful substances. In folk and traditional medicine, flower stalks and stems collected during the flowering period are used along with the roots.

Indications for use

Medical fees based on common wormwood are used to treat a number of diseases like an independent tool or as part of other medications. In some countries, by distillation from dry wormwood inflorescences and foliage, essential oil with a touch of camphor is obtained.

The healing properties of black wormwood grass relate it to a stimulant, astringent, gastric, antispasmodic, diuretic, sedative, wound healing and tonic.

Полынь лечит заболевания бронхов

Wormwood cures bronchial diseases

Ready tinctures from wormwood are prescribed for the treatment of such diseases:

  • anacid gastritis, accompanied by a decrease in acidity;
  • intestinal colic;
  • urogenital system;
  • biliary dyskinesia;
  • chronic cholecystitis;
  • bronchi;
  • wounds and ulcers.

Tinctures from the roots and stems of Chernobyl normalize gastric acidity, calm the nervous system, normalize metabolic processes and act as an anthelmintic.

Traditional medicine

Dried wormwood is commonly used as a remedy in traditional medicine recipes:

  • in the treatment of bronchitis, asthma attacks and tuberculosis, the root insists on white wine – 20-25 g of grass per glass, 1 tsp. honey, the solution is brought to a boil, drink 2 tbsp. l before eating;
  • to relieve menstrual pain helps insisted foliage – 1 tbsp. ldried herbs for 0.5 cups of boiling water, insist 3 hours, drink half a glass before eating;
  • make baths with a blackberry to treat skin integuments, including getting rid of ulcerative foci and acne – pour 200 g of a dry plant 200 ml of boiling water, after cooling it is used externally;
  • for the treatment of nervous stress, migraine and epileptic attacks, wormwood root is used – 2 tbsp. l dry root 0.5 l of boiling water is insisted in a closed container for 4-5 hours, drink up to 5 times a day before meals, course – up to several weeks;
  • to increase appetite and improve mood, wormwood is recommended in broths prepared on the basis of young shoots – 15 g of dry stems per 200 ml of boiling water are drunk half a glass for one application before eating.

Eastern peoples use the healing properties of ordinary wormwood in the process of acupuncture, helps combined application of heat of smoldering grass and cauterization.


Limitations and contraindications associated with the use of common wormwood, or Chernobyl as a medicinal plant, are due to its increased toxicity and individual intolerance of the person included in the chemical composition of the substances. Chernobyl can cause allergic reactions.

In limited doses, tinctures and decoctions from Chernobyl are used for acute gastritis, accompanied by increased rates of gastric acidity, and heartburn attacks are observed.The medicinal herb is prohibited for pregnant and lactating women.

Common wormwood or Chernobyl (useful plants and poisonous for rabbits)
Wormwood of God tree, Chernobyl


Common wormwood, or Chernobyl – perennial shrub with healing properties. Thanks to the components that are part of the chemical composition, it is useful for health and is used in traditional and traditional medicine to treat a number of diseases.It has a list of restrictions and contraindications for use.

Anna Evans

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