Spicy and medicinal herbs

God's tree: healing properties and contraindications

God's tree is an evergreen and perennial shrub reaching a height of 1.2 meters. Other names: abrotane, dill, wormwood. For a long time the bush grows in Ukraine, in the Russian Federation and Byelorussia. The first mention appeared at the beginning of the XII century in the pages of the Ipatiev Chronicle. Due to its healing properties widely used in medicine. Gardeners appreciate this ornamental shrub for its elegant forms.

The temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere are considered the homeland of arboreal wormwood (Artemisia abrotanum). God's tree easily takes root in places with arid climate, on sandy soil or high hills, it is well developed on the banks of reservoirs and rivers. Science knows about 250 species of this plant. They are used to create decorative compositions for the garden and suburban area.

  • The leaves of abrotan have a pinnately-dissected formation and a light gray shade, while its stems and root are woody.
  • Shoots - upright, on the middle and lower tier of the plant are observed scapes.
  • Buds resemble small baskets, which are connected in paniculate inflorescences loose structure.
  • Tree wormwood begins to smell sweet in the early to mid-summer.
  • The shrub spreads a strong lemon scent that repels insects. This property is highly valued by gardeners.

Recommendations for growing and care

Dill tree grows well on any soil, copes with the frosty winters. For improvement plant appearance some rules are followed.

  • A suitable seat will be the sunny side of the site, as the abrotane needs warm and bright light.
  • Protect the plant from strong winds by building a stopping barrier at the site or placing God's tree between other bushes.
  • Before planting medical wormwood in the ground, the earth is saturated with organic fertilizers and minerals, and after that it is plentifully watered.
  • Moving abrotan does not require and grows evenly over 10 years. Gets along with perennials, but does not tolerate too acidic soil.

Wormwood "God's tree" completely unpretentious in the care, but he needs infrequent watering. The plant requires a liquid (three liters of water) once a fortnight. For the prevention of the appearance of malicious aphids, the shrub is sprayed with a solution of green soap. Regular weeding of the soil helps to get rid of weeds. This process helps the roots of the therapeutic abrotane to assimilate more minerals.

The shrub of decorative wormwood is recommended to be fed with a fertilizer complex (phosphorus, ash, humus, peat). Mulching allows you to save and protect the soil cover around the tree of God. To make the shrubs acceptable, gardeners regularly swoop down old and diseased branches. Pruning recommended in early spring, when hard frosts can not harm the shrub.

Dill copes with cold weather (-25 degrees). Young shoots may become stiff, but with the arrival of springtime they restore their former flexibility. Seedlings are removed for the winter in a cool place or pruned tops of the branches in order to help the shrubs cope with the upcoming cold weather.

Decorative tree is highly appreciated by lovers of floristics. Using the technique of moderate haircut elegant crown, gardeners create compact shrubs that fit perfectly into the overall landscape of the decorated garden. Carefully trimmed shoots continue to grow correctly and evenly. A memorable gray-green shade The crown of decorative wormwood is different from the background of neighboring perennials in various formats.

Seedling tips

Experts call grafting (dividing a bush) the best method of breeding wormwood "God's tree". Here are suitable biennial and mature processes. Before planting, they are placed in water for ten days to form a root system. Cuttings 10−15 cm implant in a moist soil. Between seedlings should be left 1.5 meters of space for freedom of growth. Before planting, the soil is abundantly fertilized and watered with warm water. Further, irrigation is necessary during the first two weeks.

In specialized stores you can buy the seed of the tree of God. Planting material is placed in small cups with peat inside and stored in a warm, lighted place before the root system grows. After a month of care seedlings ready for introduction into open ground.

Therapeutic wormwood reproduces by cuttings. To do this, choose the escape 25−30 cm and remove all foliage from it. An incision is made on the shoot, and the wound is treated with a growth stimulating substance. From above impose moss-sphagnum and strongly pressed. Below the notch, they attach a black film with peat and tighten both ends with tape. When the root system begins to break through the wound, the cuttings are cut and planted in a pot.

Varieties of tree wormwood

Representatives of wormwood found everywhere in places with an optimal climate.

  • Tarragon (tarragon) - perennial, used as a fragrant spice, added to pickles and meat dishes. It grows in Eastern Europe, North America and the Far East.
  • Cold wormwood is a perennial tree known for its healing properties. It is rich in ascorbic acid, flavonoids and essential oils. Grows in areas of Western Siberia and Central Asia.
  • Rock wormwood is a small, from 7 to 60 cm, plant, found in Eastern Siberia and the Baltic States. It prefers to be on hills, high mountain meadows and rocky slopes. This variety has the ability to increase the secretion of gastric juice, and also helps with gastritis.
  • Wormwood - a grassy plant of a silvery shade, radiating a strong aroma. This type is the basis of alcoholic absinthe. Raw materials are used to create medicines.

Application of dill

Long since this grass was grown up by monks on temple sites. To store the leaves of wormwood, they are crushed and placed in sealed containers. Thanks to this method, the plant does not lose flavor. Wormwood from Greek translates as “healthy,” which indicates the undeniable medical qualities of the shrub.

  • The essence of the plant is part of healing ointments and balms.
  • Essential oil called citral has a disinfecting property.
  • Medicinal raw materials are obtained by drying green shoots. Through this process, wormwood gets rid of bitterness, and the healing component is enhanced.
  • Juice and leaves of dill are used to create infusions from sore throats and teas that improve the appetite.
  • Medicinal herb brewed in boiling water helps with bruises and sprains, gives a healthy look to hair.
  • Tincture of wormwood relieves severe toothache and colic in the intestines. Broths from the leaves are used to treat suppuration. They are able to increase blood clotting and destroy viruses.
  • Wormwood is added to marinades and sauces to give a lemon smell. The powder of the gods tree acts as a unique seasoning for meat dishes.

On a note!

Drug-based medication should be limited, because an excess of substances causes poisoning.

To prepare a healing broth from wormwood, one part of the dried raw material is poured with the same amount of water. The mixture must be boiled briefly. Broth defended 30 minutes and filtered through cheesecloth. Take the drug 50 grams before lunch.

Wormwood God's Tree: Description and Application

Wormwood is a perennial herb that blooms with small white or yellow flowers. It has a very tart flavor, and its leaves resemble the shape of dill leaves and contain a large amount of essential oils. God's tree is very often used in traditional medicine, cooking, in everyday life, grown in gardens and orchards as an ornamental or indoor plant.

In medicine, the silver look of bitter wormwood is still used. But how not to call it - the healing properties remain the same. Broths from this useful herb treat diseases of the oral cavity, the tool can also be used to get rid of infections in the throat.

Widely used tincture of wormwood for rubbing the skin with dermatitis, it also takes care of hair - rinsed hair and scalp after washing.

God's tree is a very healing drug that has more than one. application:

• Broth treatment for sprains / bruises - compresses over the affected areas.
• Medical wormwood treats inflammation of the periosteum - take the substance in the form of an alcohol tincture.
• It will help relieve tension, fatigue, headaches.
• Recommend the use of tea and tea in case of insomnia and overwork. Her lemon scent contributes to a more sound sleep.
• The medicinal composition of the plant helps to cope with hypertension. Completely get rid of it does not work, but the symptoms of wormwood will remove in two accounts.

To harvest the grass of the tree of God should be in the summer. You can start collecting and harvesting from mid-July, and finish in September. Green leaves are dried in a dark dry place without drafts on a spreading paper or burlap.

The health benefits of the tree of God

With the help of the tree of God and its healing properties, it is possible to improve the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, get rid of the pain of heartburn and sore throat. But here you need to properly prepare a decoction, tincture or tea. How exactly to do it and what recipe to choose for the treatment of various diseases, we will tell a little later.

The benefits of the use of wormwood healing. Or as it is also called treelike / bitter, very large. It can significantly help with the normalization of the menstrual cycle, with cancer, help get rid of parasites, relieves tension, stress.

A lot of popular recipes collected using this wormwood paniculate. And all because it is a Compositae plant with delicate foliage contains a lot of useful vitamins, healing properties and acids.

Wormwood should also be consumed with caution - it brings not only health benefits, but can also be harmful in case of overdose. Be sure to consult with your doctor so that he appointed the correct treatment and application, told how to drink tincture of herbs.

There is little bitterness in the tree of God, so it can also be taken by children (we will talk about contraindications for use later).

Useful properties of the tree of God

The healing properties of wormwood are known for a long time. But now it is used not only for the treatment of diseases, but also in other areas. How to choose a variety of wormwood for decoctions and tinctures, what ingredients the God’s face mask should contain, what tincture recipes exist for getting rid of worms or improving appetite - read on.

The recipe for a wormwood with a cold

Tree wormwood is used to make cold oil. The recipe is very simple. It is necessary to take an earthen vessel and completely fill it with flowers and the leaves of the tree of God. Pour it with olive oil to the brim of the vessel.

The resulting remedy must be insisted about 10 days, so that the oil is saturated with the healing properties of wormwood. The composition must be filtered for the expiration of time and consumed by 1 tsp. for angina, group or ARVI. How to determine that the oil has healing properties - it should change its color to dark green.

Tincture of the tree of God in diseases of the digestive tract

Wormwood tea will help to cope with diseases of the stomach, intestines, duodenum, etc. 1 tablespoon of dry / fresh herbs (leaf and flowers can be mixed) pour a glass of water, preferably boiling water.

Wait until brew about a quarter of an hour. Tea should have not only medicinal properties, benefit, but also very nice to smell. Application: how to drink? 4 - 5 times a day.

It is very useful to drink it in the winter - the body will get strength to fight infectious diseases.

The benefits of leaves of the tree of God for skin and hair

Tincture, decoction or mask - an effective tool in the fight against hair loss, high fat content, dandruff, will give volume and return shine to dull curls.
Rinse broth recipe: st.l. herbs pour boiling water, cook over a small fire for about five minutes. Remove from heat, strain and add 1 liter of water. Apply after each hair wash.

How to care for hair that falls out? You can make a mask from the tree of God. She has no contraindications (except for allergic reactions) and the side effect does not threaten you. In a saucepan, pour a glass of light beer and 2 tablespoons. wormwood. Bring the mixture to a boil, cool, and apply to individual strands of hair and scalp. Exposure time: 20 minutes.

Famous recipe for hair loss:

In henna white add pollen to the formation of gruel. This mask should be done once a week. It is applied to the hair, covered with plastic and hold for an hour. The effect of the previous mask will be different - the hair will become more luxuriant.

In order to prepare a face lotion of grass and leaves of the tree of God, you need to take tbsp. bases, salt 0.5 tsp and a spoonful of viburnum.

Cooking Recipe:

insist wormwood in a glass of boiling water for half an hour, add the rest of the ingredients. Ordinary lotion will help get rid of acne. Such a folk tincture can be cured more from scars on the skin of the face. Store no more than 14 days in the refrigerator.

We offer to remove inflammation, smooth fine lines with the help of wormwood ice cubes. The broth is frozen in the ice tins and wipe the skin in the morning and evening.

Tea from the leaves of the gods tree for health recipes

One of the recipes for tea from wormwood tsitvarnoy used to get rid of worms. It consists of dried wormwood and clove spice. They need to be thoroughly mixed. How to drink? In the morning and evening, take one spoon, washed down with carrot juice. Thus, wormwood will get rid of worms, and the larvae will remove the carnation. Their bactericidal properties will help get rid of parasites in 10 days.

The recipe for yarrow tea and god tree tea will help you regain your appetite. Half a tablespoon herbs mix in a glass of boiling water. Strain.

How to drink? Drink 100 g three times a day on an empty stomach. You can take a week, after which it is recommended to take a break in order not to harm the human body.

Tincture of the root of the tree of God indications for use

Tincture of the tree of God (also called a widow or Austrian bush) is widely used in the treatment of cancer in the initial stages. It is the root of wormwood that is the main ingredient here.

Finely chop the dried root, add water and boil for 10 minutes under the lid closed. This rule exists in order not to affect the quality of the future infusion - the ethereal odor and oils can evaporate. Remove from heat and give the tincture to cool with the same closed lid. Strain the solution.

How to drink? - 2 tbsp. on an empty stomach for two weeks. After that, you need to take a break a month long. Such a correct application will not cause an overdose and will not harm.

Oil of the gods tree for skin diseases

The top of the grass is poured into a container of dark plastic (so that light does not fall on the oil), poured with olive oil, sealed with a lid and left for two weeks in a dark place.

Strain the solution and store in the refrigerator. To apply inside half on a teaspoon before meal three times a day.

A decoction of the leaves of the tree of God in cancer

Broth leaves of wormwood is not used to combat cancer, for this chop the root of wormwood.

A decoction of the leaves of the tree of God is great to help cope with the unstable menstrual cycle. To do this, fresh leaves pour boiling water and insist half an hour.

At the onset of menstruation take 3 times a day for 2 tablespoons. The cycle will become less painful and stabilize within 3-4 months.

Planting and caring for the tree of God

What you need to know when planting plants in the garden or vegetable garden? Wormwood is very unpretentious grass. Few, where it does not take root.

How to plant God's tree right? Landing is carried out on a sunny plot of land. The soil is best - light and nutritious, if desired, you can fertilize the poor.

Growing does not take much time - the shrub multiplies quickly, does not require special care, can be a living fence.

Growing Austrian shrubs requires constant watering of the soil. Requires pruning of lower twigs. It blooms from July to September. Growing wormwood is good because you can prepare and dry its leaves for further use.

Planting and caring for God's sapwood - an occupation for the lazy!

Wormwood God's tree photo in the garden

The plant of God's tree is a perennial that can grow in one place for up to ten years. Therefore, when planting, it is important to find a suitable place for it in the garden so that later you do not have to repot the plant. This place will be a sunny, not shaded area.

Next to the wormwood, it is better to plant low plants. Они прикроют нижнюю менее декоративную часть божьего дерева и не повредят хрупкие верхние побеги. Хотя в природе полынь растет на бедных почвах, куст, высаженный в плодородный, некислый грунт, отблагодарит вас пышностью куста и обилием листьев.

Полынь лимонная божье дерево неприхотлива. Оно не нуждается в тщательном уходе. Но есть несколько правил, выполняя которые можно вырастить здоровое и красивое растение.

  • It is necessary to periodically loosen the soil around the bush, while avoiding the exposure of the roots. Stalk plants spud. This allows you to retain moisture in the soil.
  • Wormwood does not like over-dried, or too wet soil. Watering should be regular and moderate.
  • God's tree, like other types of wormwood, tolerates a frosty winter. It does not require additional shelter and does not freeze out even at a temperature of - 25 ° C.

Only some young shoots may freeze, but in general, with the arrival of spring, the tree is perfectly restored. If you wish, you can dig up a bush for the winter to create more comfortable conditions for wintering, and in spring to plant it back into the ground. But this should be done only in the case when you have a beautiful tree formed and you are afraid that it will freeze and lose its shape.

Wormwood God Tree Pruning

Artemisia divine tree, thanks to its elegant, carved foliage, rather decorative. But if you wish, you can form a compact bush of beautiful shape from it. It is the power of anyone, even a novice gardener. The whole secret of regular cutting and trimming plants.

  • Growing shoots are cut when they reach a height of about sixty centimeters. The result will be a beautiful bush in the shape of a ball.

Wormwood abrotane God's tree photo in the garden

  • Already the first haircut contributes to the fact that in the future young shoots of wormwood grow evenly and frequent pruning is not required.
  • A beautiful gray-green plant ball will stand out from neighboring plants or it will be an excellent background.
  • The trimmed tree of God can be used in a flower bed as a plant - a tapeworm.

Propagation of the tree of God

Perennial reproduction traditional: seeds, cuttings and dividing the bush.

Wormwood God's tree growing seed from a seedling photo ready for planting

Seeds sown in the ground, ripen well only in the southern regions. Therefore, wormwood seedlings are grown in special containers and transferred to a permanent place in the spring. This method is used by experts. For ordinary gardeners, the vegetative mode is more familiar.

Cutting wormwood abrotane God's tree photo

  • Cuttings are cut from a plant in the summer from a healthy plant. They are immersed in a rooting stimulator powder, planted in a wet, loose soil and covered with glass jars or a transparent lid of the seedling container.
  • Plants take root within a month. Then they are planted in the ground.
  • It takes two years for the ornamental plant to reach a young plant.

The division of the bush suggests spring planting of a part of the rhizome with a young shoot, but even in this case the bush will look beautiful only after a few seasons.

Description of God's wormwood tree Artemisia abrotanum

Wormwood decorative God's tree Artemisia abrotanum in landscape design photo

It is a perennial herb or shrub. His homeland is considered to be the zone of the Northern Hemisphere with a temperate climate. That is, such zones in which all four seasons are observed. In nature, wormwood can often be found in areas with arid climate, on poor, sandy soils, in highly located areas, with well-warmed soil. Gardeners appreciate wormwood for its decorative and pleasant aroma, which also scares insects.

In nature, there are up to 250 species of wormwood. Many species of wormwood are evergreen, but there are also those whose aboveground parts die off for the winter. The plant fits perfectly into various garden compositions. Used to create a gravel, monastic and white garden. Some varieties of wormwood, among them the tree of God, are widely used in medicine.

Varieties of wormwood

Wormwood tree of God tree photo in the garden

Various representatives of wormwood can be seen in almost every corner of the planet with a temperate climate.
Let us consider in more detail some of them:

  • wormwood. Frost-resistant tree variety, widely distributed in nature. Grows on the Mediterranean coast,
  • Caucasian wormwood. Plant with a height of up to thirty cm. In nature, it grows in mountainous areas in southern Europe,
  • tarragon. A plant with an attractive smell. Can grow to one meter,
  • cold wormwood. And this variety is not high. It can be seen in the wild nature of eastern Russia,
  • wormwood milky-colored. Growing in China. High plant, up to one and a half meters. A distinctive feature are small white inflorescences,
  • wormwood rock. Place of growth - Europe. Prefers to climb on rocks and scree. Height is 5-20 cm. Color of leaves - grayish,
  • wormwood is brilliant. It grows in the Alps. Forms thickets in the form of pillows. The plant has beautiful leaves with a silvery coating and a pleasant aroma.

Wormwood tree of God tree

Wormwood healing God's tree Artemisia abrotanum photo

God's tree is also one of the varieties of wormwood. The area of ​​its growth is almost the entire territory of Europe. Scientists do not have accurate information about where exactly the plant came to Europe.

A distinctive feature of this species is its height. The bush can be up to one and a half meters high. Hence the name "tree". But in fact, wormwood is a stiffened shrub. Its stems are rather fragile. The leaves are heavily cut and painted in gray-green color.

Gardeners call the tree of God the greenest among the gray wormwoods and appreciate its decorative effect and pleasant aroma. In August, perennial blooms. Flowers are collected in small yellow blossoms. God's tree can be both evergreen and shed its leaves for the winter. The plant winters without additional shelter.

Healing properties of wormwood tree of God

Wormwood God's tree healing properties and contraindications

Legends about the healing properties of the tree of God are passed down from generation to generation.
It was grown in the gardens at the monasteries. Perhaps this is connected with the name of the wormwood - God's tree or church grass. Another version that the word "wormwood" in Greek means "healthy." This again indicates the healing properties of the plant. The juice of the plant was part of the balms and ointments, which were used for the treatment of wounds and as a remedy for insect bites. The healing properties of wormwood are due to the fact that it contains essential oils, including citral. Citral has a pleasant lemon scent and has antiseptic properties.

In addition, the juice and leaves of the tree of God are used to make infusions, balms, and teas. Infusion is treated for sore throat, and tea helps improve appetite. Sometimes the plant is used in its natural form. For example: from grass, steamed in boiling water, make lotions that treat sprains and bruises. And the hair, rinsed with a decoction of stems and leaves, grow better and have a healthy look.

If a tree of God grows on your land, you can dry it and get medicinal raw materials. For drying use green, not stiff shoots or shoots with unopened buds. Preparation of raw materials can be made from July to September. Cut off shoots in dry windless weather and dried in the shade. The bitterness of the plant, characteristic of all species of wormwood, is absent in a dry plant. The dried plant has a pleasant lemon smell.

Before storing the plant stems can be crushed. So it will be more convenient to use it in the future. For storage of the obtained raw materials use hermetic containers. This will allow to preserve the aroma of the plant for a long time. But if you are not sure that the plant is perfectly dried, it is better to put it in a paper bag for a while and dry it. Perhaps the flavor will become weaker, but the raw material will not deteriorate.

Dried wormwood is used in cooking, traditional medicine and cosmetology.

  • to give the marinades and sauces a pleasant lemon flavor,
  • Wormwood powder is used as a condiment to meat dishes.

2. In folk medicine:

  • tincture of wormwood rinse your mouth with toothache,
  • wormwood juice is used in the treatment of wounds and suppurations,
  • infusion of wormwood treats intestinal pain,
  • decoction of the leaves of wormwood can be used as a hemostatic and antihelminthic.

When using any medicinal product must comply with the dosage. Wormwood is not poisonous, but no more than 10 grams of dry leaves in any form can be consumed daily.
3. In cosmetology:

  • decoction for rinsing hair
  • ice cubes from the decoction of wormwood wipe the skin of the face.

Recipes for healing concoctions

And now the recipe of healing wormwood decoction. Probably, monks in ancient times treated the sick with such decoction. For its preparation for one part of dry raw materials take the same amount of boiling water. Mix and let the mixture boil for a minute.

Then the broth insist half an hour and filter through a sieve or cheesecloth. Drink three times a day, one-fourth cup before meals.

When making an infusion, take two tablespoons of dried, chopped herbs and pour a glass of boiling water over it. Do not boil, and insist about an hour. Drink once a day half a cup before dinner.

As with any means of traditional medicine, these drugs may have contraindications. Before starting treatment, you should consult with your doctor.

Description of tree wormwood

The temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere are considered the homeland of arboreal wormwood (Artemisia abrotanum). God's tree easily takes root in places with arid climate, on sandy soil or high hills, it is perfectly mastered on the banks of ponds and rivers. Science knows about 250 species of this plant. They are used to create decorative compositions for the garden and suburban area.

The leaves of abrotan have a pinnately-dissected formation and a light gray shade, while its stems and root are woody.

  • Shoots - upright, on the middle and lower tier of the plant are observed scapes.
  • Buds resemble small baskets, which are connected in paniculate inflorescences loose structure.
  • Tree wormwood begins to smell sweet in the early to mid-summer.

The shrub spreads a strong lemon scent that repels insects. This property is highly valued by gardeners.

How often to water the wormwood tree

Decorative wormwood is a drought-resistant plant, so it does not need frequent watering. Enough to water the plant in the first days after planting. To maintain decorative beauty can be watered on hot summer days once every two weeks.

Under each bush is recommended to pour 3-4 liters of water at room temperature.

Pruning and forming wormwood

Wormwood is a tree of God, the cultivation of which even a beginning gardener can grow, can be a wonderful decoration of a garden. The bush is very stable and does not require special pruning. But if you want your site to have a beautiful plant of a compact form, then you need to constantly form a crown.

To do this, the shoots are cut, not allowing them to grow more than 60 centimeters in height. Thus it turns out the original, spherical bush. After the first pruning, shoots begin to grow evenly and only need to adjust their height occasionally.

Beautiful gray leaves perfectly stand out against the background of green plants of the garden or any land.

Wormwood God's Tree

Being unfamiliar with this plant personally, I was attracted to him like a magnet - the name “God's tree” fascinated me.

“Why is the tree and why is God?” I thought, while by correspondence acquaintance from literature I knew that the people call one of the types of wormwood - medical wormwood (Artemisia abrotanum). According to the botanical description, it is a perennial shrub up to 1.5 m in height, with three times pinnate leaves on straight semi-woody stems and a thick woody root.

Wormwood is a tree of God originating from southern Europe, Asia Minor, and Iran. Wormwood has long been cultivated in Russia. We also know it under the names wormwood lemonade, abrotane, oak grass, chicken (Belarus), treeless, cudraw, holy tree.

Interestingly, in the literature of the nineteenth century (reference book "Complete Russian dictionary-herbalist", published in 1898, and the manual Schroeder RI "Russian garden, nursery and orchard", published in 1877) says: "Wormwood The treatment in Russia is only divorced in gardens. ” And in the academic edition of the twentieth century "Flora of the USSR" (v. XXVI, p. 423) it is noted that it is found in nature in southern Russia, the Black Soil Region, the South of Western Siberia, and Central Asia. That is, over several centuries, it spread from gardens to nature and became a naturalized Russian woman.

Therapeutic wormwood

Medical wormwood, or High wormwood, or Wormwood lemon (lat. Artemisia abrotanum). © Jmn

In all editions it is noted that wormwood paniculture (Artemisia scoparia or Artemisia procera) is widespread in Russia, it looks like curative wormwood. It is also cultivated in the gardens under the names of bodrennik, chiliga, wormwood, walkworm, and also ... God's tree. This causes some confusion.

It is necessary to distinguish between the “real” God's tree - it is medical wormwood, from the “unreal” - wormwood is paniculata.

The latter, in the first place, is malonely (most often biennial), and secondly, “in all parts there is a coarser and less pleasant smell”. And, thirdly, it should be noted that wormwood paniculata propagates by seed, while at the curative they do not ripen in Russia. Therefore, if you are offered the seeds of God's tree, now you will know which one - the “unreal”.

In view of the latter circumstance, it is not easy to make God's present tree, since it reproduces only vegetatively - by dividing the rhizome, layering, cuttings. A lot of work cost me to find this plant. Some of my gardening friends from different regions offered saplings, but I preferred to write out from the northern - Kirov - region, since I was not aware of the cold resistance of this plant.

Sapling planted in a garden with fertile soil in a sunny place. Over the summer, he gave up to a dozen branches with a height of about 80 cm. Fears about his winter-hardiness were in vain - the plant had a good winter over two winters without any shelter. In the spring, every time on lignified stems all the buds come to life, except for the topmost ones. As befits a dwarf shrub, nevzrevshie tops die off. From the buds and from the roots grow new green shoots.

Medical wormwood, or High wormwood, or Wormwood lemon (lat. Artemisia abrotanum). © Andre Karwath

Observing the plant and tasting it, I understood why it was called God's. Indeed, it is a gift from God! The plant is remarkably beautiful - all summer and autumn to real frost is green with curly, like dill, greens. The taste and aroma is very complex, but pleasant, in which there is a freshness of lemon and pine bitterness.

In the old days, the leaves were “used in medicine to improve the taste of various unpleasant medicines.” And what then to talk about improving the taste of ordinary food! Young leaves are used in salads, in sauces for roasts and in seasonings for soups (entered 3 minutes before readiness), for flavoring tea, alcoholic beverages, vinegar, added to the dough when baking bread and pastry, to give spicy flavor to cakes, cottage cheese, mayonnaise. In addition, the leaves can be dried for future use. By the way, if someone does not like bitterness (albeit a pleasant one), then it completely disappears when dried.

Much can be said about the benefits of God's tree on human health. It’s not for nothing that the scientific name of Artemisia wormwood comes from the Greek “artemis”, which means “health”. The leaves contain essential oil (up to 1.5% in the fresh mass), flavone compounds, alkaloid abratin and other useful substances.

In folk medicine, leaves are used for anemia, scrofula, irregular menstruation, worms, “abdominal pains, aching bones,” bladder inflammation, rinse your mouth with toothache, powder in the form of bruises, boils and sprains, root - with epilepsy and tuberculosis meningitis

Medical wormwood, or High wormwood, or Wormwood lemon (lat. Artemisia abrotanum). © weisserstier

Only one or two plants is enough to provide the family with spicy and medicinal raw materials. All the neighbors in the country, seeing this plant from me, wanted to have it on their own plots. And I had to master the technique of reproduction. God's tree is easily propagated by layering - it is enough to dig up the branches in May and from each form several independent plants.

It is also easily propagated by cuttings - in June it is necessary to cut cuttings about 10 cm long, clean the lower part of the leaves (leave only the top one) and stick it in the soil obliquely. By August the rooted seedling will be ready.

For other medicinal herbs and their beneficial properties, read the section “Medicinal plants” varieties with photos, cultivation and care, recipes for use in traditional medicine.

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Scientific-Production Association "Gardens of Russia" 30 years engaged in the introduction of the latest achievements! In the selection of vegetable, fruit, berry and ornamental crops. For a wide practice of amateur gardening.

The association uses the most advanced technology. A unique laboratory of microclonal propagation of plants has been created.

The main task of the NGO "Gardens of Russia" is to provide gardeners with quality planting material. The most popular varieties of various garden plants and new world selection. Доставка посадочного материала (семян, луковиц, саженцев) осуществляется почтой России.

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