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African wormwood (Artemisia afra)

In this time when we are all grappling to ascertain the truth, it is interesting that a herbal remedy involving African wormwood has emerged as a potential remedy for Covid-19. Of course, Artemisia afra has been in traditional use as an anti-viral throughout many African cultures for a very long time. But there is more to this story than the obvious. Wildeals is strongly anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic and anti-malarial, but its most important compound, Thujone, is toxic and psychoactive at chronic doses. A tea, syrup or infusion made from leaves and soft stems can be used to treat a fever, colds, headaches, intestinal worms and gastritis. It also lowers blood pressure. Be aware that the tea is very bitter, and if used to excess can cause hallucinations. It is, however, very potent in killing the most stubborn of infections, even though it is quite difficult to take. Mixing Artemisia in a broth with Stinging nettle (Urtica urens) is a very effective way to support the body while it processes the medicine. Even better, try using both herbs in a broth with moringa, kale and/or spinach. An infusion of leaves into an ointment or balm makes a great anti-bacterial – use for open wounds, sores, boils that won’t heal, or spider/tick bites. We use Artemisia in our: Anti-bacterial balm