Latin Name: artemisia absinthium
Alternative Name: absinthe, old woman, crown for a king, green ginger
Forms Available: Leaf and flower
Wormwood – artemisia absinthium – Also known as Absinthe. A Druid sacred herb, Wormwood is very magical and sacred to Moon deities. An accumulative poison if ingested. Wormwood is a bitter herb used to flavor vermouth and the now banned liqueur, absinthe. A leaf and flowering top infusion is a tonic for the digestive system, liver, gallbladder, and blood, reducing inflammation and clearing impurities. The plant treats fever, expels worms, and reduces the toxicity of lead poisoning. As a companion plant, it acts as a deterrent against several insect pests. Toxic in high doses!
The leaves and flowers are used in a light infusion to help digestion, flatulence, and heartburn. Wormwood improves circulation and stimulates the liver. The tea is said to relieve labor pains. Use one teaspoon per cup and steep for twenty minutes; take a quarter cup up to four times a day; or use as a tincture, eight to ten drops in water up to three times a day. A fomentation of the leaves and flowers soothes bruises and sprains. The oil relieves arthritis.
CAUTION: The oil is for external use only! Prolonged use of wormwood can lead to nerve damage.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Wormwood improves circulation and stimulates the liveA fomentation of the leaves and flowers soothes bruises and sprains. The oil relieves arthritis. r. The tea is said to relieve labor pains.
Other Uses: Use in spells for: Binding; Psychic Awareness; Evocation; Love; Clairvoyance.The scent of wormwood is said to increase psychic powers. Burned with incenses on Samhain to aid evocation, divination, scrying and prophecy.
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