Artemisia Annua, also known as Sweet Wormwood, or referred to as Sweet Annie and Sweet Sagewort is a highly effective in treating many different chronic illnesses and inflammation. This amazing herb is also a very potent immune system strengthener with many scientific studies in the past. This amazing antioxidant rich herb plant and its healing properties has been witnessed for decades.
This plant has been known for centuries and is used for treating all sorts of illnesses and disease of the human body, but what is this plant and it’s powerful ability really known for? How efficient is it really?
Tu Youyou, a researcher and academic on traditional Chinese medicine, discovered that this extract of Artemisia annua is potentially effective against malaria. It turned out to be one of the most important discoveries in medicine that Tu Youyou received a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2015 for her work and achievement in fighting a deadly disease in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Artemisia Annua is a herb that was first introduced in traditional Chinese medicine 1000 years ago.Often Artemisia Annua, is used to strengthen the immune system and help your body fight against antaganistic intruders as well as chronic and aggressive diseases.
The plant is harvested and dried with its stem and leaves and flowers. A direct consumption of Artemisia Annua as a tea infusion or by oral consumption ( such as a powder capsule) of the leaves is most recommended because its high success rate when the components are released in boiling water and ingested. Other intake alternatives are the alcoholic tincture ( alcoholic base and non alcoholic base), extracted in soluble consistence in glycerin as well as in edible oil preservations from the steam and leaves.
People have also used this plant as homeopathic treatment and prevention for among other conditions:
- Bacterial infections
- Viral infections
- Fungal infections
- Parasitic diseases ( worms)
- Inflammatory conditions
- Effective against fever
- Various skin conditions as psoriasis
- Cancer- tumor growth
- Lung diseases
- Chronic bladder infection
- Prostrate inflammation related disorders
- Chron’s disease
- Arthritis, Joint pain
- Autoimmune disorders
Artemisia Annua has also been linked with treating cancer. Researchers have found that the compound called artemisinin interacts with iron to form free radicals in the body, which are compounds that kill cells. Cancerous cells absorb a lot of iron, which makes them more susceptible to damage from these free radicals.It inhibits cell growth in many tumour cells and causes programmed cell death.
The plant should be harvested at the beginning of flowering time. At that time the artemisinin content is the highest, and thus we also adapt similar guidelines for picking the plant and then going through a manual drying process to derive tea and powder formulas.You can observe the powerful aroma with a slight herbal scent that is almost similar to a mint/ peppermint freshness but has a distinct strong and intense smell and soothing fragrance.