Wormwood Tea: Benefits, Dosage, and Brewing Method

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Wormwood tea is especially effective against gastrointestinal complaints. In this guide, you’ll learn about the benefits and side effects of this drink, as well as how to prepare it.

Wormwood tea has long been known for its many healing properties, but it is especially popular as a natural remedy for gastrointestinal complaints of all kinds, including loss of appetite. Wormwood is easy to grow in your own backyard, but you can also buy it at most health food stores. 

Wormwood Tea: Preparation

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon wormwood
  • About 1 cup of water

Here’s what to do:

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the wormwood to a tea strainer and lay across the top of your cup.
  3. Pour the hot water over the wormwood and allow the tea to steep for one minute and no longer, to prevent it from becoming too bitter. 

Benefits and Side Effects of Wormwood Tea

Wormwood dosage
When drinking wormwood tea, it’s important to get the dosage right. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Vilinapetrova)

Wormwood tea always tastes bitter, even if it has been brewed properly, but it is so healthy that it pays to put up with the taste. Much more scientific research is needed to prove or disprove the exact effects of wormwood, but many studies have confirmed several important benefits:

Wormwood tea has a reputation for being effective against:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach cramps
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn

But be careful! When it comes to wormwood, the proper dosage is everything. In high enough concentrations, a chemical called thujone that is found in wormwood can cause seizures, vomiting, and restlessness. However, toxicologists estimate that at least 2 cups of wormwood would be needed to reach dangerous concentrations.  

This article has been translated from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original here: Wermuttee: Rezept, Wirkung und Nebenwirkungen

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