Wormwood is mostly considered a medicine for stomach ailments but was traditionally used to help a woman endure labour pains.
According to legend, Wormwood would counteract the poisons of hemlock and other poisonous plants.
The earliest account of wormwood use dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was used as medicine to kill intestinal worms and as a treatment of fever. It was also believed that the plant could be used as an antidote to poisonous fungi, and as a therapy for such illnesses as menstrual pain, anaemia, and rheumatism. This highly prized alpine wormwood has been cultivated to be rich in absinthin and anabisthin, without extreme bitterness.
Wormwood tea can be made by adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (2.5 to 5 grams) of the herb to 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water, then steeping for ten to fifteen minutes. Many doctors recommend drinking three cups (750 ml) each day. It is recommended that it should not be used consecutively for more than four weeks. The herb Wormwood is for ever married with the famous liqueur of Europe the "green fairy" Absinthe!