Absinthe, also known as wormwood, has long been considered a healthy beverage. During the XIXth and early XXth Centuries, it became the go-to beverage by those on higher society, but also by bohemians, poets and artists due to its psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties for which it was banned or its production was restricted. However, with many of those restrictions lifted in the 1990s, absinthe is seeing a revival (specially as an alcoholic drink) and many countries like Switzrland, France, Austria, Germany or Spain are experiencing an “absinthe-craze” again, and absinthe has become the “cool alcohol to drink” when at parties, or when clubbing.
However, recent studies have proved that absinthe’s hallucinogenic properties are probably non existent and more than likely a big misinformation campaign by conservatives trying, and succeeding, to get absinthe banned due to its “dangerous nature” and “extreme toxicity”, and more careful methods of preparation have rendered absinthe no matter if in alcohol or in tea something that can be used without danger as long as we exercise caution. Instead, absinthe has a range of health benefits, ranging from soothing digestive problems to acting as a tonic for general improved health, including aiding mental, emotional or sexual problems or even soothing the skin when it is irritated no matter the cause. While the benefits of wormwood are not widely known nowadays, our ancestors had a longstanding tradition of using it.
For starters, one of the most powerful benefits of absinthe is that of soothing stomach troubles. Both as an alcohol and in tea, it has digestive effects, making us digest better, but not only this: wormwood helps also with loss of appetite and or an upset stomach, it can also help with gallbladder disease and cure stomachache and intestinal spasms.
Wormwood tea has also long been used as a general health tonic because of its many different benefits: it can help heal and clean the liver, it may decrease fever, muscle pain and memory loss, it can also help increase and stimulate sexual desire and heal other mental or emotional ailments such as depression, anxiety or brain fog, and some even say it can help boost creativity. The oil of absinthe diluted in other oils is also great to heal skin irritations, pains, rashes and even insect bites, specially those of worms.
For more serious illnesses, absinthe might be prescribed with those with Crohn’s disease, osteoarthritis, kidney disease, gallbladder disease, recurrent indigestion, and some rosacea patients benefit from using a soap with wormwood oil in it.
To conclude, a warning: it is evident that absinthe does indeed have many benefits, but it can also have many side effects if not used correctly. Absinthe alcohol should be consumed in moderation, and even wormwood in tea, pill, tincture or oil form should be used very carefully, because it can even be oxic, specially during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Always consult with your doctor if a supplement is good for you before taking it, and exercise caution in using supplements. Everything is a danger when taken in excess!