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Cultivate wormwood - This is how it's done


If you want to strengthen your digestion with natural means, then you should grow wormwood. How to do this and how to use wormwood, read here.

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a bitter herb that can be used in doses to strengthen human digestion. Why the monks of the Middle Ages liked to use this spicy-scented medicinal herb, especially when eating very fatty foods.

Whether fresh, as a tea drink, tincture or digestive drink - wormwood should not be missing in any household. Because it is always nice when you can use natural products to deal with complaints yourself.
So if you want to strengthen your digestion, then you should simply grow this remedy yourself. In the following we will tell you how to do it.

Real wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Height:60 - 80 cm
Spread:40 - 50 cm
Flower color:yellowish
Bloom:July September
Location:Sun
Ground:permeable, dry, neutral to alkaline
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Plant wormwood - This is how it's done

Lean, well-drained soils in e.g. Rock gardens clearly favor wormwood herbs from the Mediterranean. From late April to late May, you can sow the seeds in full sun. However, do not cover them with earth, because these are light-germinating seeds.

Tip: Alternatively, you can sow wormwood from late August to September to ensure that the herb, which grows to an average height of around 120 centimeters, is harvested in the coming year.

After a germination time of two to three weeks, tender wormwood plants will become noticeable in the garden bed, which you can move individually from a height of about 7 centimeters (again, make sure they are in a sunny location). For a normal household, growing two wormwood plants is sufficient.

Tip: Wormwood becomes woody over the years. You should therefore sow it again every four years at the latest or plant it again in autumn by dividing the roots.

Caring for wormwood properly

Already after the first harvest (around the end of July) you should cut back the wormwood significantly to promote a strong new shoot. The harvested leaves and also the tips of the flower panicles should ideally be dried in the shade before further processing.

Tip: From July to September, the wormwood produces yellow, almost inconspicuous panicles of flowers. However, you should only process these from the second harvest.

Otherwise, the robust wormwood is actually quite undemanding when it comes to care. You can only fertilize it biologically with a compost in autumn.

Tips for using wormwood

First of all: You should not enjoy wormwood with stomach ulcers and / or intestinal ulcers and during pregnancy. You should also use it only to a limited extent as a seasoning in meat dishes, because its bitter taste quickly overlaps the actual taste of a dish. Otherwise, you should simply try the three tips below for using wormwood:

»Tip 1 - Wormwood Tea:

Wormwood is primarily used as a tea drink, for which you should pour about 2 teaspoons of dried wormwood leaves per cup with hot water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and filter the tea before you can enjoy it immediately.

»Tip 2 - Wormwood tincture:

You can also make a tincture from wormwood in connection with wine spirit, which you can mainly use for external use (e.g. in the form of envelopes, baths, etc.).

»Tip 3 - Wormwood digestive drink:

If you prepare fresh wormwood with brandy, then you can use it moderately as a digestive drink after extremely greasy dishes.

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