It is promoted for treating digestive problems and worm infections.
The medicinal or active components in wormwood are the essential oils, anabsinthin, absinthin, resins, and organic acids. The bitter taste of wormwood is caused by the glucosides absinthin and anabsinthin and several related compounds.
Some people apply wormwood directly to the skin for healing wounds and insect bites. Wormwood oil is used as a counterirritant to reduce pain.