Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Judean wormwood
Common name:

Judean wormwood

Synonym name:

white wormwood

Hebrew name:

לענת יהודה

Scientific name:

Artemisia judaica


Asteraceae - המורכבים

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0.5-0.8 m
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Common in the Negev, especially in Lake Faran and its exit to the Arava desert.
 Judean wormwood is a Perennial semishrub from the Asteraceae (complex) family. It's  common mostly in the Negev, has woody branches, hairy whitening leaves cut into thin lobes. Its yellow blossoms are borne on small and thin peduncle. All parts of the plant have  pungent smell. Judean wormwood, like her sister, Artemisia herba-alba, is also accepted in the Israeli folk medicine as a remedy for gastrointestinal worms, snake bites and scorpion bites, diarrhea, dysentery, internal infections, wounds, ear infections and severe constipation.
For treating gastrointestinal disorders such as crohn's:
Mix a teaspoon of Judean wormwood leaves, a spoon of chamomile flowers, a teaspoon of ovate plantain seeds and a teaspoon of raspberry leaves and brew the mixture in half a liter of boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes and drink 2 cups a day.
The bible prophet Amos claims against those who oppress the law and the poor, that they make the court poisonous and bitter as wormwood " Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and cast righteousness to the ground" (Amos 5,7). In the Proverbs book it is written, for the first time in the bible, about the bitter qualities of the wormwoods "But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword" (proverbs, 5,4).