Iranian wormwood

Iranian wormwood is a member of the wormwood genus of the Compositae family. The plant grows at an altitude of 1800-2900 meters above sea level. It grows in ravined, stony and gravel soil on the slopes of mountains. The plant flowers and crops in July-September. It propagates by seeds. In our country, Iranian wormwood is often found in Koytendag mountains. Here it is widely distributed among deciduous trees, juniper and in wormwood brushes. It has sufficient resources to be used in medicine. For medicinal purposes, stems of Iranian wormwood are used. They are collected when the plant is flowering. Iranian wormwood is used as a raw material for the production of camphor, and it also can be used for preparation of medicinal solutions and various aromatic solutions and additives. The leaves and pedicels of the plant contain 0.21-0.4% essential oils, it contains approximately 16% camphor, 12-14% campherene, 7-12% pinene, 18% berneol, 25.5% bornyl capronate, 1,5% phenol and others. The stems revealed the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids and coumarin. In Indian medicine Iranian Wormwood is used as a tonic, antipyretic and means for removing tapeworms. In Turkmen medicine, a powder made from pedicels and mixed with bee honey is used to remove tapeworms. Also, a tea made from the dried and crushed upper parts of the plant is used for asthma, upper respiratory tract disease, with a weak heart, it is also used against colds and as a diuretic and remedy for tapeworms. Steep one teaspoon of Iranian wormwood with one cup of boiled water, let it brew. Then pass it through gauze. Take the ready infusion daily, one tablespoon 3 times a day.