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Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) Hydrosol

Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) Hydrosol

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Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) Hydrosol

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Plant description

Latin Name : Ambrosia artemisiifolia
English Name : Common ragweed
French Name : Herbe à poux
Family : Asteraceae
Origin : Canada

History and Origin

Poorly known and valued, ambrosia originates from North America. Ambrosia is widely naturalized elsewhere, notably in Europe, where it behaves as a highly invasive plant. You can tell how bad its reputation is when you see wide elimination campaigns being organized.

Interesting is the fact that Edgar Cayce, renown medium, recommended it as a laxative, liver detoxifier and against allergy symptoms (chewed or taken internally). It is also mentioned for various uses in traditional native herbalism, among other things to relieve insects bites and hives.

In scientific aromatherapy, ragweed’s essential oil carries a large proportion of sesquiterpenes (germacrene, from 35% to 54%, and limonene), which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.

In an evaluation of the essential oil, Dr Jean Claude Chalchat (from the department of sciences of Université Blaise Pascal, in Clermont-Ferrand) mentions an anti-microbial, antibacterial and antifungal effect.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Properties and indications

In general, this plant causes respiratory allergies similar to hay fever, difficult to treat and to desensitize. At Aliksir, this plant has been studied since 2004 and used in experimentation in people with allergies on a voluntary basis. Chromatographic analysis have pointed antiinflammatory components, hence the interest in exploring this not well-known plant, that maybe one day, will get credibility.

We steam distill aerial part of the plant to obtain hydrosol. Hydrosol is used in small quantity, acting as homeopathy to desensitize people to the allergy.

Recommended dose: 1 teaspoon in a cup of water 2 to 3 times a day within one month to observe the effects.

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