Artemisia sieberi

Artemisia sieberi Besser

Asteraceae (Compositae)

  • Artemisia herba - alba Asso.
  • White Wormwood (Herba-alba)
  • شيح
  • sheeh
  • לַעֲנַת הַמִּדְבָּר
  • la'anat ha-midbar

Chamaephyte

  • Sand
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Artemisia sieberi Besser

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

Parts Used

Source
Cardiovascular

High blood pressure (Hypertension)

Hypotensive

Decoct plant in water, alone or + "yansun" (Pimpinella anisum) fruit + carob seeds & drink 1 cup x3/day.

Aerial partsZ
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes mellitus

Hypoglycemic

1.Decoct plant in water, alone or + "yansun" (Pimpinella anisum) fruit + carob seeds & drink instead of water.(Z)
2.Prepare infusion of aerial parts & drink x2/day. (B)

Aerial partsZ, B
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain, gas, bloating (Z) Abdominal pain (B)

Carminative

1.Prepare extract of aerial parts by cooking in water + "za'tar" (thyme, Thymbra capitata) or + cumin (Cuminum sp.) + "na'na" (Mentha sp.) & drink. (Z)
2. Decoct aerial parts in water, alone or + "yansun" (Pimpinella anisum) fruit + carob seeds & drink 1 cup x3/day. (Z)
3. Decoct aerial parts & drink 1-2 cups/day. (B)

Aerial partsZ, B
Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea / dysentery /inflammation digestive tract

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal, Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

Decoct plant in water alone or + "yansun" (Pimpinella anisum) fruit + carob seeds; for diarrhea & inflammation: drink x3 cups/day; for dysentery: drink x4 large cups/day.

Aerial partsZ
Haematology

Lack of blood (anaemia)

Anti-anaemic

Decoct plant in water, alone or + "yansun" (Pimpinella anisum) fruit + carob seeds & drink 1 cup x3/day.

Aerial partsZ
Helminth infections

Intestinal worms

Anthelmintic, Vermifuge

Boil plant in water & drink.

Aerial partsZ
Infectious Diseases

Measles

Anti-Infective

Prepare extract of plant by cooking in water & drink + honey.

Aerial partsZ
Mens health/ Sexuality

Aphrodisiac for men

Aphrodisiac

Prepare infusion of leaves & drink x2/day.

LeafB
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Muscle weakness

Non-specific

Prepare extract of plant & drink + honey.

Aerial partsZ
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatism/ arthritis

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Decoct 500 gm leaves in 2L water, add to bath water & immerse for 30 min.

LeafB
Pain Relief

Chest pain

Analgesic

Decoct aerial parts & drink x1-2 cups/ day or inhale steam from decoction.

Aerial partsB
Respiratory

Asthma; treats & prevents

Anti-asthmatic

Decoct plant in water, alone or + "yansun" (Pimpinella anisum) fruit + carob seeds & drink 1 cup x3/day.

Aerial partsZ
Respiratory

Colds

Anti-Infective

Grind plant, add oil, burn & inhale smoke.

Aerial partsZ
Respiratory

Cough / inflammation of throat & respiratory tract

Anti-Infective, Anti-tussive, Demulcent

1. Decoct plant in water alone or + "yansun" (Pimpinella anisum) fruit + carob seeds & drink 1 cup x3/day.
2. Cough: cook plant in water & add honey. Can also add "azir" (rosemary, Rosmarinus sp.) (Z notes this recipe is widely used in children.)

Aerial partsZ

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Artemisia sieberi may cause side effects including decreased pulse rate & decreased blood pressure. Essential oil contains thujones which in large quantities can be toxic to brain, liver & kidneys. Plants in Artemesia genus may be abortificient & cause skin allergies.