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Useful Temperate Plants

Artemisia herba-alba

Asso

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Artemisia aethiopica L.

Artemisia aragonensis Lam.

Artemisia lippii Jan ex Besser

Artemisia ontina Dufour

Seriphidium herba-alba (Asso) Soják

Common Name: White Wormwood

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General Information

Artemisia herba-alba is an aromatic, dwarf shrub growing 20 - 40cm tall
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and fuel. The plant is sold in local markets for medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Mediterranean - Spain, southern France, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey; Saudi Arabia

Habitat

Loess and grey steppe and desert soils[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
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http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
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Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.30 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Artemisia herba-alba is a plant of semi-arid regions in the Mediterranean and is not very harding in regions with cold winters.
Species in this genus are generally easily grown, succeeding in a well-drained circumneutral or slightly alkaline loamy soil, preferring a sunny position[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. They tend to be longer lived, more hardy and more aromatic when they are grown in a poor dry soil[
245
Title
Scented Flora of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Genders. R.
Publisher
Robert Hale. London.
Year
1994
ISBN
0-7090-5440-8
Description
An excellent, comprehensive book on scented plants giving a few other plant uses and brief cultivation details. There are no illustrations.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Artemisia herba-alba is a popular herbal treatment in N. Africa, where it is considered to be a remedy for all kinds of ailments[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
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http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
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Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
]. The plant is considered to be carminative, cholagogue, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, sedative, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
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Author
 
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http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
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Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
]. It is used in the treatment of conditions such as diabetes, coughs and colds, lung problems, diarrhoea, vomiting, flatulence, fever, measles, jaundice, poisoning, cardiac arrhythmia, and muscle weakness[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
,
1205
Title
Artemisia herba-alba
Publication
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Author
 
Website
http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=NONMP&
Publisher
Therapeutic Research Faculty; California
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A database of medicinal plants
]. It is also used for treating parasitic infections such as roundworms, pinworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and flukes[
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Title
Artemisia herba-alba
Publication
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Author
 
Website
http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=NONMP&
Publisher
Therapeutic Research Faculty; California
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A database of medicinal plants
].

The plant is burnt, and the fumes inhaled, as a treatment for coughs, chest, stomach and muscular pains[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
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Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
].
The plant is crushed and applied to the hair to strengthen it and prevent hair loss[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
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Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
]. The crushed plant is also applied to cuts and various skin disorders[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
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Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
]. The macerated leaves, combined with olive oil, is applied to the skin to treat lesions[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
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Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
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The leaves and stem contain an esential oil with irregular monoterpene alcohols; the sesquiterpene lactone santolin; herbolides A, B and C; thymol;[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
,
1205
Title
Artemisia herba-alba
Publication
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Author
 
Website
http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=NONMP&
Publisher
Therapeutic Research Faculty; California
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A database of medicinal plants
].
The leaves contain non-glycosidic flavonoids[
375
Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
].
Preliminary evidence suggests that taking a water extract of the herb might reduce fasting and postprandial blood sugar in some patients with type 2 diabetes[
1205
Title
Artemisia herba-alba
Publication
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Author
 
Website
http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=NONMP&
Publisher
Therapeutic Research Faculty; California
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A database of medicinal plants
].
Preliminary evidence suggests that taking a water extract of the herb might reduce symptoms and cure pinworm infections in adults and children after 3 days of treatment[
1205
Title
Artemisia herba-alba
Publication
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Author
 
Website
http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=NONMP&
Publisher
Therapeutic Research Faculty; California
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A database of medicinal plants
].
An essential oil extract from aerial plant parts also appears to have antibacterial activity against some Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria in vitro. Santolina alcohol constituent in the essential oil appears to be responsible for this antibacterial activity[
1205
Title
Artemisia herba-alba
Publication
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Author
 
Website
http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=NONMP&
Publisher
Therapeutic Research Faculty; California
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A database of medicinal plants
].
A water extract of Artemisia herba-alba aerial parts and root appears to have a variety of pharmacological effects. It appears to affect blood glucose levels, lowering it in cases of diabetes[
1205
Title
Artemisia herba-alba
Publication
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Author
 
Website
http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=NONMP&
Publisher
Therapeutic Research Faculty; California
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A database of medicinal plants
].
Artemisia herba-alba water extract also appears to have an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects; plus a weak antibacterial activity[
1205
Title
Artemisia herba-alba
Publication
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
Author
 
Website
http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/home.aspx?cs=NONMP&
Publisher
Therapeutic Research Faculty; California
Year
2007
ISBN
 
Description
A database of medicinal plants
]

Other Uses

Widely used as a fuel plant[
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Title
Grassland Species - Profiles
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Gbase/Default.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse information on over 650 species of plants that grow in grassland, including trees, shrubs and perennial plants as well as grasses. Gives a brief description of the plant, its range and habitat and some of its uses.
], The dried plant is used as a tinder.

Propagation

Seed - surface sow from late winter to early summer in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates within 2 - 26 weeks at 15°c[
134
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 2.
Publication
 
Author
Rice. G. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1988
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation. An interesting article on Ensete ventricosum.
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots. They can be planted out in the summer, or kept in pots in a cold frame for the winter and then planted out in the spring.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, mid summer in a frame.
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