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The plant was originally brought from Asia as an ornamental (Collins 2000). It is sometimes grown for personal use, especially as an alternative medicinal plant. The fresh roots and flowers of Artemisia vulgaris are usually steeped as a tea to help ease the symptoms of cancer, epilepsy, to dispel parasitic worms, as an antiseptic, to aid digestion, to promote sweating, to promote menstruation and/or abortion, to ease congestion of the chest/throat, to improve nervous system function, to ease muscle spasms, as an antidote to opium, and to treat asthma (Duke 1985). Additionally, it is burned to ward off mosquitoes, and is said to cause divinational dreams and clairvoyance when a person sleeps breathing in a pillow filled with the fresh plant. Additionally, it is used as an indicator of pollution because it can grow in soil that is contaminated with heavy metals when more susceptible species cannot (Kovács et. al 1992).

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Source: BOT 323 Flowering Plants of the World, Oregon State University

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