Artemisia herba-alba Asso., known as the desert wormwood, is a medicinal plant and its essential oil is used in Algerian herbal medicine. In the present study. M Artemisia herba-alba Asso is an accepted name. This name is the accepted name of a species in the genus Artemisia (family Compositae). The record derives. Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. Jun;15(6) Artemisia herba-alba Asso. in diabetes mellitus. al-Waili NS. PMID: ; [Indexed for MEDLINE].

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Artemisia herba-albathe white wormwoodis a perennial shrub in the genus Artemisia that grows commonly on the dry steppes of the Mediterranean regions in Northern Africa Saharan MaghrebWestern Asia Arabian Peninsula and Southwestern Europe.

Artemisia herba-alba Asso, – Armoise herba-alba, Armoise Herbe blanche – Overview

Its specific epithet herba-alba means “white herb” in Latinas its stems and leaves are white and woolly. Leaves are strongly aromatic and covered with fine glandular hairs that reflect sunlight giving a grayish aspect to the shrub.

The leaves of sterile artemisiaa are grey, petiolateovate to orbicular in outline; herbs, the leaves of flowering stems, more abundant in winter, are much smaller. The flowering heads are sessileoblong and tapering at base.


The plant flowers from September to December. Essential oil of A. Eudesmanolide and germacranolide sesquiterpenes have been detected in the methanol extract of aerial parts, collected in Egypt. Two bioactive flavonoidsassumed to be hispidulin and cirsiliolwere isolated by chromatography from aerial parts ethyl acetate -extract. Artemisia herba-alba is good fodder for grazing animals, mainly sheep, and in the Algerian steppes cattle.

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This species of sagebrush is widely used in herbal medicine for its antisepticvermifuge and antispasmodic properties. Artemisia herba-alba based teas were used in Iraqi folk medicine for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Artemisia herba-alba is thought to be the plant translated as ” wormwood ” in English-language versions of the Bible abla in the Greek text. Wormwood is mentioned seven times in the Jewish Biblealways with the implication of bitterness.

Wormwood is mentioned once in the New Testamentas the name of a star, also with implications of bitterness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Artemisia herba-alba Scientific classification Kingdom: This heerba with questionable factual accuracy needs more medical references for verification or relies too heavily on primary sources.

Please review the contents of the section and add the appropriate references if you can. Unsourced or poorly sourced material may be challenged and removed. Retrieved 16 February Egyptian Journal of Natural History. Archived from the original on 13 February Retrieved 17 February The Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon.


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