Artemisia arborescens

Artemisia arborescens (Vaill.) L.

Asteraceae (Compositae)

  • Great Mugwort
  • Large Wormwood
  • Silver Wormwood
  • Tree Wormwood
  • شيبة
  • sheba
  • לַעֲנָה שִׂיחָנִית
  • la'ana sikhanit

Chamaephyte

  • Mediterranean maquis and forest
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Artemisia arborescens (Vaill.) L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Cardiovascular

Heart pain

Analgesic, Cardiac

Prepare tea + "roza" (Aloysia citriodora Palau).(Admin.not specified.)

Aerial parts, InflorescenceZ
Child health

Vomiting in infant

Anti-emetic

Clean leaves, mix + bread crumbs (without crust) & cook in wine + cinnamon. Spread mixture on cloth to make poultice & wrap over infant's abdomen.

LeafZ
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain

Carminative

Cook in water & drink.

Aerial partsZ
Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea & dysentery. (Good for adults & infants).

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

1. Diarrhea & dysentery: adults & children: decoct aerial parts & drink (Z).
2. Diarrhea only: adults: decoct leaves & stems & drink 1 cup x2/day until well. (B)

(Z) Leaf & stem (B), Aerial partsZ, B
Gastrointestinal

Gastro-intestinal inflammation, pain & spasm.

Anti-inflammatory, Anti-spasmodic, Carminative, Demulcent

Decoct aerial parts & drink.

Aerial partsZ
Gastrointestinal

Nausea & vomiting

Anti-emetic

Decoct leaves in water & drink.

LeafZ
Gastrointestinal

Stengthen stomach, excessive acidity & vomitting

Antacid, Anti-emetic

Use aerial parts. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

Aerial partsZ
Genitourinary tract

Antiseptic for urinary & reproductive tract

Anti-septic

Use aerial parts. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

Aerial partsZ
Helminth infections

Worms; ascaris & oxyuris

Anthelmintic, Vermifuge

Prepare tea + "babunej" (Matricaria chamomilla) & drink on empty stomach. After drinking use enema of garlic & soap solution to help expel worms.

Aerial parts, InflorescenceZ
Infectious Diseases

Malaria

Anti-malarial

Cook young branches in water + "qishr qina" (bark of Cinchona sp.) + young olive branches + English salt + sour lemon & drink mornings.

Z
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Antiseptic for urinary tract

Anti-septic

Prepare extract of leaves & drink.

LeafZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

Prepare extract of leaves & drink.

LeafZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract Infection

Anti-Infective

Decoct aerial parts & drink 1 cup x2/day for 4 days.

Aerial partsB
Nervous system

Severe headache

Analgesic

Decoct aerial parts & drink.

Aerial partsZ
Oral Health

Halitosis

Mouth wash

Decoct leaves & use to rinse mouth x 12/day.

LeafB
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

Decoct leaves & gargle x1-2 / day.

LeafB
Respiratory

Cough/ cold

Anti-Infective, Anti-tussive

Use leaves & inflorescence (Preparation /Admin. not specified.)

Inflorescence, LeafZ
Sexuality

Increase sexual ability

Aphrodisiac

Use aerial parts. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified).

Aerial partsZ
Women`s Health

Regulate menstruation

Emmenagogue

Prepare tea. (Admin. not specified.)

Aerial parts, InflorescenceZ
Wound Healing

Heal skin lesions & wounds especially with pus

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

Use aerial parts (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

Aerial partsZ

Other Uses

Artemisia arborescens (Vaill.) L.

System/StateComplaint / Use Activity / Interpretation Preparation and Administration
Parts Used

Source
Dermatological /Cosmetic

Wash & strengthen hair

Hair restorer

Wash hair using only the leaves.

LeafZ

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Artemesia genus contins species that may be abortificient & cause skin allergies.