With the scientific name artemisia abrotanum , the abrotan is a medicinal plant originating in southern Europe and Asia Major, also known by several other names, such as auronia, abryote, alfacinha-do-river, abrotic, artemisia and wormwood.Belonging to the asteraceae family , it is an aromatic plant with small, narrow, yellow flowers and gray-green leaves. Due to its strong camphor odor, abreast is widely cultivated by gardeners. In addition, this plant is often used to treat stomach problems.


The name Artemisia is a tribute to the Greek goddess Artemis, and the plants belonging to the genus, along with wormwood and artemisia, contain camphor with a strong odor and have been used as a flavoring for a long time.

During antiquity, Roman citizens believed that the abrotane had the power to protect men from impotence. Legend has it that young people living in Spain and Medieval Italy used to rub the fresh brutish leaves on their faces in order to encourage beard growth. However, today it is known that this is all a myth.

In rural areas of the medieval world, the abrotane was known as “young love” and “seducing the girl”, gaining the reputation of increasing the virility of young people and, therefore, it was used in love potions.

Properties and Benefits of Abrotane

The properties of abrotane include its stimulating, deworming, diuretic, carminative, menstrual cycle regulating and tonic action.

Due to its medicinal properties, this plant can be used to help treat stomach pain, asthma, poor digestion, chilblains, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, stomatitis, nervous disorders, dyspnea and ascites.

Currently, abrotane is little used in herbal medicine, however, in Germany it is used in the form of poultices, which are placed on wounds and other skin conditions.

When applied directly to the skin, the infusion of the leaves of this plant works as a natural insect repellent.

Abrota tea: how to prepare?

To take advantage of the benefits provided by the abrotane, you can prepare a tea with its leaves. Check out the procedure below:

Put two teaspoons of dried leaves in a cup of boiling water. Let it warm, strain and drink.

Contraindications and side effects

No contraindications and side effects have been found related to the use of squash tea, but remember that the active ingredients of a plant can cause adverse reactions. All treatment, including the natural one, must only be carried out under medical prescription.