Latin: Artemisia vulgaris L.
Synonyms: St Johns plant, wild wormwood, felon herb
Perennial herb often found on road sides and wastelands.
Up to 1.5m tall and downy all over.
Leaves pinnatisect, 5-7 lobes, top surface green and underside silvery and downy.
Parts used: Herb.
Sesquiterpene lactones - vulgarin
Volatile oil / triterpenes
Hormonal effect on menstrual system, emmenagogue
Diuretic, choleretic, bitter, antihelminthic, stomachic
Menstrual regulation (pain, obstruction, delay) and menopause support.
Relaxing for Parkinson's related tremor or seizures.
Aid digestion and stimulate the appetite.
Antiparasitic for pinworm / threadworm / roundworm.
Not safe during pregnancy or lactation.
Caution in large doses.
Common name is thought to derive from its use as a flavouring for beer before hops were in common use.
Another possible origin is a derivation from the old english 'Mucgwyrt' for 'midge herb' referring to its use as an insect repellent.