African Wormwood



[5 ml]

This is how Wormwood (African Wormwood, Artemisia Afra), described by its producer – Like Mountains: African Wormwood is one of the most popular medical plants in Africa. Harvested between March and May, when the flowers are in bloom.

The essential oil has cleansing and soothing properties. When inhaled, it soothes a stuffy nose and coughs. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Can be used to wash out minor wounds and cuts. When sprayed in the air, it soothes headaches. When added to the bath, it soothes rheumatic and menstrual pains. Used in a warm compress, it soothes skin irritations.

The plant is indigenous to South Africa.

According to the South African National Biodiversity InstituteArtemisia Afra is one of the oldest and best known medicinal plants and is still used today in South Africa. African Wormwood is used for coughs, colds, fever, loss of appetite as well as for headaches, earaches and malaria. One popular practice is to insert a fresh leaf into your nostril to unblock a stuffy nose.

For external use only, do not use undiluted on the skin!

NOTE: the information below is an example because: we do not know the exact composition of this essential oil and because each person may react differently to a given substance. Therefore, according to the literature, it is always recommended to test whether a given substance is irritating to our skin.

According to Tisserand and Young, the maximum concentration when applied to the skin is 0.8%.

Aroma: herbal, medical, fresh, delicately floral, coniferous – forest (which makes it seem festive, frosty), piercing, sawmill – like a cut tree.


1. Tisserand, Young (2014), Essential Oil Safety. A Guide for Health Care Proffesionals, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

2. access: October 16, 2021

Important - precautions

Essential oils, as powerful active substances, should be used with all caution and prudence.

For external use only.

Do not use undiluted on the skin.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Irritating effect. May cause an allergy. Avoid contact with the eyes.

Pregnant, nursing, children, elderly people, and people with chronic diseases should consult a physician regarding the use of essential oil.

The above information is based on scientific studies and books. They are provided here for informational purposes only and cannot replace a consultation with a healthcare professional.