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Wormwood (Artemisia tilesii)

A. unalaskensis. Rydb.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Artemisia tilesii

The freshly crushed leaves can be rubbed on the hands to remove odours[257].

The plant is used as an incense and deodorant in the home[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is antirheumatic, antitumor, disinfectant, febrifuge, haemostatic, laxative and tonic[257]. It is used in the treatment of cancer and to prevent infections in wounds etc[257]. An infusion of the leaves and flowering tops is used as a laxative and to treat stomach aches[257]. An infusion is used internally to treat rheumatism and is also applied externally to swollen joints[257]. A poultice of the leaves is applied to skin infections and to cuts to stop the bleeding[257]. A decoction is used as an eyewash[257].

    The plant has properties similar to codeine[238]. The report does not specify which part of the plant is used[K]. Codeine is used as a painkiller.

  • Edible Use

    The leaves are used for flavouring rice dumplings[177]. The raw shoots are peeled and eaten, usually with oil[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, skin contact with some members of this genus can cause dermatitis or other allergic reactions in some people[222].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse, making sure that the compost does not dry out[200]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring or autumn[200]. Basal cuttings in late spring. Harvest the young shoots when about10 – 15cm long, pot up in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse or cold frame and plant them out when well rooted. Very easy.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a warm sunny dry position[1, 200]. Established plants are drought tolerant[200]. Plants are longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[245]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
E. Asia to North-western N. America.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.