Also see Absynthium officinale.
ARTEMISIA VULGARIS, L. Mugwort. Common to both continents. Equivalent of Absynthium. Antiseptic, stomachic, detergent, deobstruent, laxative, diuretic, diaphoretic, menagogue, corroborant, antispasmodic and vermifuge. Useful in hysterics, spasms, palpitations of the heart, worms, obstructions, &c. in tea, infusion or powder. The leaves, tops and seeds are used, these last and their oil are equal to Santonic seeds as vermifuge. Warm fomentations of the leaves are excellent discutient and antiseptic. Many equivalent species grow in the West, the A. columbiensis of Nuttall is very aromatic. The A. santonica (Very muddled botany, on that one. -Henriette.)is said to grow in the South, the seeds are an article of trade in Europe. The A. dracunculus of gardens is a fine condiment. The A. abrotanum or Southern wood of gardens is equal to Mugwort and Absynth in properties. It is said to prevent baldness and make the hair grow by a spirituous infusion of it. All the species make the milk of cows bitter when bruised upon. Moxa made with them.
Medical Flora, or Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America, Vol. 2, 1830, was written by C. S. Rafinesque.