hey 66, my wife is breastfeeding a 1 year old and wanted to do a cleanse cuz i'm so infected. two different herbalists told her in no uncertain terms that she should wait until she is done before trying to take these herbs. if you want to take something try eating pumpkin seeds, pineapple, pomegranite and cut down on all the food that the parasites like. i think you may be able to start your 3 yr old on herbs. look in Hulda Clark s book(and other places on the net) on this site to see at what age it is safe to start. good luck. bwwellicky
Yep! (As in Nope!) As in...DON'T take wormwood while pregnant or nursing. Also, for anyone (men, women, children, infants), wormwood can damage the central nervous system if taken long-term, or more than a few weeks: this herb is banned in a number of countries.
righton except you are refering to artemisia absenthum which is the no no wormwood. i'm talking about artemisia annua. and also sweet annie(sorry don't have latin name handy) while not recomended to take for long periods in general, these two wormwoods are safe to take for long periods if heavy infestation is found. just thought i'd clear that up. most wormwood you buy would be the annua. if anyone out there has somehow ended up with absenthum, i suggest you stop at once....
Hello, Icky. I wasn't aware of differences between Artemisia absinthium and Artemisia annua, so I briefly looked into same. I found two brands which use A-annua: Gaia Herbs and Allergy Research/NutriCology. I found seven which use A-absinthium: Allergy Research, NOW foods, Eclectic Institute, Nature's Answer, Garden Botanicals, Herb Pharm, and Nature's Apothecary.
I don't know the safety issues for Artemisia annua (both independently and when compared to Artemisia absinthium), but noted that NutriCology lists these warnings on their A-annua label, "Not indicated for pregnant or nursing women. Long term administration (greater than 2 or 3 months) should be monitored by a healthcare practitioner," while Gaia Herbs states for their A-annua, "Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation."
From the second link below, "The addictive thujone (alpha-thujone) is what gave the drink absinthe its notorious reputation...absinthe, which contains thujone, is a volatile oil noted for its narcotic effect responsible for hallucinations, psychosis, and brain damage -- a syndrome labelled 'absinthism'." Allergy Research Group touts that their "ARG Artemisinin is minimum 98.5% pure, and does not contain thujone." So it would appear that the presence (or concentration) of alpha-thujone may be the deciding factor as to the "safety" of a particular Artemisia species..? The second link clearly shows alpha-thujone being present in Artemisia annua. The last link says of Artemisia annua, "No formal safety testing of essential oils; presumed moderately toxic."
as far as annua is concerned, as i said it should not be taken by a nursing mother. as to the toxic alpha thujone...can't comment but if you'll note in your post, they were refering to all essential oils not just wormwood
Is there a subsitute for wormwood? Will Black-Walnut do it alone? Is that even safe? Most warnings, I think are for protection, however, in the case of wormwood, I think its reputation speaks for itself.