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What Is Wormwood Powder?

Wormwood powder comes from absinth wormwood, an herbaceous perennial plant with the characteristic aroma of sage. Traditionally, wormwood has been used as an herbal remedy made by distilling neutral alcohol and combining it with herbs, spices, and water.1

Wormwood, called Artemisia absinthium L. is an essential perennial shrub. It is native to the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, and Europe. Artemisia is among the most predominant and widely-circulated genus in the Asteraceae family, which is made up of over 500 annual, perennial, and biennial shrubs.2

Wormwood goes by these other names, too: green ginger, absinthe, and absinthium. The root is firm and woody with a leafy stem and a warm taste. Fully mature, the stem reaches 2.5 feet tall. It’s usually white and shrouded in thin, silky hairs.3

Wormwood shrubs flower in early summer, but the flowers can last until early fall. The greenish-yellow flowers hang in erect, leafy clusters and are very bitter in taste. Both the aroma and flavor are reminiscent of black licorice.4

History Of Wormwood Powder

Wormwood powder is made from the herb, which can also be found in North America, Siberia, and Europe. Historically, it was processed into a bitter tonic believed to support healthier appetite levels, among other things. Wormwood was also utilized as the primary ingredient in absinthe liqueur.5,6

Old Egyptian, Roman, and Christian writings all mention wormwood — sometimes as found in therapeutic herbal supplements. Its Latin name, Artemisia absinthium, refers to the Greek mythological goddess Artemis — the goddess of hunting.7,8

Top Potential Health Benefits Of Wormwood Powder

Wormwood is another traditional herbaceous perennial plant used historically to help address a series of different potential health benefits. The plant, which has a distinctive sage smell, has been used  to help support more comfortable digestion.9† 

In fact, some digestive patients who have used wormwood said the use of the herb had an overall positive effect on the quality of their lives.10† 

Of course, wormwood powder has been added to various supplements to potentially help support the following:  

  • Liver health†
  • Digestive health†
  • Red blood cell health11

Beyond the health concerns listed above, wormwood has also been used to help support your body’s defense against free radical damage, and more stable moods.12

Which Gundry MD Supplements Include Wormwood Powder

Gundry MD’s Total Restore contains wormwood powder, and you can read all about it on the Gundry MD website. In fact, if you want to read customer reviews about all of the ingredients in Gundry MD’s supplements, you’ll find them linked to Total Restore’s site. As always, consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet including supplements. 

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