hist-brewing: Wormwood

chiltonc at gte.net chiltonc at gte.net
Tue Dec 14 10:58:14 PST 1999

Here is additional information concerning wormwood.  The 1998 publication "PDR 
(Physicians Desk Reference) for Herbal Medicines" which is based on the findings of the 
German Regulatory Authority's herbal watchdog agency known as Commission E, has a 
listing for Artemisia Absinthium (Wormwood).  The entry sites benefits with the use of 
this herb of improved liver function, increased appetite and possible antimicrobial effect.  
There is also unsubstantiated folk-medicine remedies.  Adverse reactions are noted as:  
"Due to the drug's thujone content, the internal administration of large doses can lead to 
vomiting, stomach and intestinal cramps, headache, dizziness and disturbances of the 
central nervous system.  Continuous use in not advisable."  Daily dosage is 
recommended to be "3 to 5 grams of the herb as an aqueous extract."  As a tea, infusion 
of 1 gram of the herb for one cup of water is recommended.

I feel the advise about reveling the inclusion of unusual ingredients in a brew is a good 
one.  People's allergies and the potential interaction between an adjunct in the beer and 
prescription medications can not be ignored or disregarded.


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