Sweet Annies are one of the most popular plants used in herbal medicine. They have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The leaves and flowers contain high amounts of essential oils which are known to have various health benefits. They can be found growing naturally in many parts of the world including China, India, Africa, Australia and South America. The plant is also cultivated commercially in North America, Europe and Japan.
Sweet Annies are commonly called “Wormwood” because they resemble the bark of a tree with their leaves resembling worms or gnats. The roots are edible but not very nutritious.
They are usually dried and ground into a powder to make tea or tincture for use internally. Sweet Annies are often used in TCM as a treatment for cough, colds, sore throat, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.
The leaves and flowers of the sweet annie plant have been used traditionally for treating diarrhea, stomach aches and indigestion. The leaves are also considered to be helpful in relieving menstrual cramps.
Some people use sweet annie to reduce fever or improve circulation. The leaves and flowers may also be used as a sedative and mild pain reliever.
The essential oils in the plant appear to have some anticancer activity but more research is needed in this area. It is not known whether taking sweet annie supplements will have the same effect.
The essential oil of sweet annie is supposed to be toxic and should never be taken by itself.
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