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Sweet Wormwood Benefits: What You Need to Know

Featured in one of our newest products for digestive health, Microbiome Cleanse, Sweet Wormwood is slowly gaining recognition as an herb you should have in your herbal remedies cabinet. Discover what you should know about this sweet herb, as well as our favorite Sweet Wormwood products to keep on hand.

What’s So Sweet About Sweet Wormwood?

Sweet Wormwood (Artemisia annua), also known as Annual Wormwood, or more commonly as Sweet Annie, is an annual herb native to Asia. As an annual, this herb only has one growing season throughout the year and is typically planted after the last frost of Spring and harvested around the end of the Summer.1 The aerial (above-ground) parts of this fern-like herb are the parts used in herbal remedies.

This herb has been used for over 2,000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is referred to as Qing Hao. In TCM, there are six pernicious influences which can cause disruption within the body. These are heat, cold, dampness, dryness, wind, and summer heat.2 When taken in reference to TCM, Sweet Wormwood is considered a cooling herb that helps clear heat from the body. The herb provides a nice blend of cooling from the bitter actions and warming from the volatile oils.* It has also been used to help those experiencing occasional digestive complaints.* Today, Sweet Wormwood is cultivated in large part due to the active phytochemical, artemisinin, found in the plant's aerial parts, as well as its antioxidant properties.*

The reason this herb is called "Sweet" Wormwood is due to its heavenly and long-lasting sweet fragrance, which is especially strong on warm summer days. Sweet Annie can be used as a natural room air freshener and works exceptionally well in humid areas, such as a bathroom, as the damp air helps release its fragrance. This herb is also a great addition to dried wreaths or decorations since it retains its sweet, fruity fragrance for extended periods of time.

Our Favorite Sweet Wormwood Products

Gaia Herbs Microbiome Cleanse

Microbiome Cleanse

One of the newest members of our digestive line, Microbiome Cleanse helps to support the body’s natural cleansing process, and is great for those who enjoy trying new foods.* Made with Sweet Wormwood, Black Walnut, Oregon Grape, Andrographis, and Peppermint, this formula helps to balance the GI tract.*

When looking at this formula through a TCM lens, our Formulation Manager, Susan Hirsch, MS, CNS, shared, "Sweet Wormwood was specifically chosen to balance the cold that Andrographis, Oregon Grape, and Black Walnut can create within the body. Both Sweet Wormwood and Oregano contain warming volatile oils that help balance out the cold, and they are also bitters that help support digestive health.*"

Sweet Wormwood, Certified Organic

If you’ve experienced any digestive upset or discomfort, you know that it can put a damper on your day. Stay feeling well with our Certified Organic Sweet Wormwood liquid extract, which is easily digestible and quickly absorbs into the body.* It's a great choice to help with occasional digestive challenges and also supports the body’s natural cleansing and elimination processes.*

Wormwood Black Walnut Supreme

A healthy gut is essential for overall well-being.* Support your GI tract health with this unique herbal liquid extract that is easy to use at home or take on the go. Combining Sweet Wormwood with fresh green hulls of Black Walnuts, extracted fresh immediately after harvest to preserve full spectrum compounds for optimal potency, plus a blend of Pomegranate, Coptis, Gentian, and Wormwood.

Welcome Wormwood into Your Herbal Routine

With its digestive-supporting properties and long history of traditional use for occasional digestive complaints, Sweet Wormwood is a great herbal aid.* It can keep you feeling your best when you are visiting new environments, traveling, and trying new foods, so consider this herb when packing for your next adventure.

References:
1 Wormwood plant – Growing Sweet Annie. Gardening Know How. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/wormwood/wormwood-plant-growing-sweet-annie.htm
2 The 6 Pernicious Influences. Abacus Chinese Medicine. http://abacuschinesemed.com/5210-2/