Sweet Wormwood – Artemesia Annua Tincture


Artemisia annua has been tied to a wide variety of health benefits. Human clinical trials are needed to verify these findings.


Sweet wormwood is commonly used as a treatment for malaria. This is due to its artemisinin content, a phytochemical that works to eradicate malaria. This herb has also been shown to help to reduce symptoms of arthritis, as well as with blood sugar regulation.

Antimicrobial Properties

Research shows that sweet wormwood has strong antimicrobial properties. This makes it one of the best herbs for immune health.

Lab-based research shows that sweet wormwood essential oil is effective in stopping both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including:

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Enterococcus hirae
  • Streptococcus pneumonia
  • Bacillus spp.
  • Listeria innocua
  • Escherichia coli
  • Shigella spp.
  • Salmonella enteritidis
  • Klebsiella pneumonia
  • Haemophilus influenza
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • and more

Regarding its antifungal properties, sweet wormwood is effective against:

  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Candida albicans

Malaria Treatment

Artemisia annua, and its primary compound artemisinin, is a common treatment for malaria that’s used throughout the world.

Antioxidant Properties

Research shows that sweet annie has antioxidant properties. This is thought to be due to phenolic compound content.


Research shows that sweet wormwood is may help reduce arthritis symptoms.

May Have Antidiabetic Effects

Preliminary animal studies have shown that sweet wormwood has significant anti-hyperglycemic and anti-hypoinsulinemia activities in diabetic animals.

  • Anti-Cancer Properties – A scientific review paper on artemisinin noted that much research had been done on the anti-cancer effects of sweet wormwood. Researchers noted that this impact is thought to be due to artemisinin’s capability to arrest cell growth or disrupt the steps in the cell cycle through proliferation pathways. Human clinical trials are needed to verify promising lab research.
  • Anti-Viral Properties – A lab study showed that Artemisia annua has anti-HIV solid activity. The researchers noted that this effect was not due to artemisinin content and thus came from another chemical compound found in sweet wormwood (and other varietals of artemisia).
  • Covid-19 – Starting in 2020, much research was conducted looking at the benefits of traditional herbs for supporting Covid-19. A review article looked at 20 lab studies (conducted in 2020/2021) and found that the various constituents in A. annua may impede the SARS-CoV-2 attachment, membrane fusion, internalization into the host cells, and hinder the viral replication and transcription process. Clinical trials must verify if these findings hold up in human participants.






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