Most of the time I lived in California, I had a wormwood plant by the door of my home. When I moved across the country, I gave my well-loved door guardian to my oh-so-sweet, young neighbor. She loved plants, and I knew she would provide a good home for my beloved wormwood friend.
My herbal friend is dearly missed. And I sometimes wonder how she is doing now ❤
This amazing plants botanical name is Artemisia absinthium.
It was used by both the Greeks and the Romans to combat fever and fight intestinal worms. They also used it as a bitter tonic. It is one of the most bitter plants known to herbalists, for sure.
Still, there are so many herbs which can be used as bitters, that wormwood would not be at the top of my list for this purpose. Dandelion, yellow dock, and chamomile, among others, all make really amazing bitter tonics. And because wormwood has a bit of a sordid past, it is simpler and safer to just choose a suitable replacement herb instead.
This herb is a main component of absinthe. An alcohol product which has been banned in many countries. Absinthe was widely consumed by French bohemians in the 19th century. Those who drank it habitually suffered from intoxications known as absinthism. Symptoms included; tremors, sleeplessness, hallucinations, and convulsions. These side-effects are what led to its ban in France.
Wormwood is considered a hallucinogenic and psychoactive ally by many in the herbal world. It is said to have an affect on the brain which is similar to that of THC.
And while there are many reputable herbalists out there using this herb internally with great success, I am not among them at this time. I have kept my focus on it’s other talents. Until I have an opportunity to work with someone who is familiar with its ‘powers’, I will continue to employ this amazing herb externally and energetically. I find both of these applications useful for my purposes. And there is never any harm in sticking to the safest route. Particularly, when you lack the knowledge needed to travel the rockier road.
But before I share the ways I use wormwood with you, let me say one final thing about taking this little beauty internally. Wormwood is an abortifacient. Therefore, it should not be taken by pregnant women. And it contains thujone, which is toxic in high doses.
Now onto that with which I am more informed …
This plant makes an incredibly effective cream/balm/salve for pain and inflammation reduction. I like to have a bit around the house to use when the tension in my neck flares up. I have an old injury there and wormwood helps ‘work it out’ when it acts up.
It makes incredibly wonderful little sleep pillows. They are fun to sew and make really great gifts. This is perhaps one of the nicest ways to share the energetics that wormwood possesses with friends and family.
The energetic quality it is likely most reknown for is it’s ability to dispel negativity. Place it in a bowl and set it in a room following an argument and it will restore the positive vibe there in no time. Or infuse it into an oil and wear it on days when you expect to have to deal with any sort of unpleasantness.
One of my favorite ways to use wormwood in this regard is to infuse it in a bucket of water and use it to clean all the surfaces in my home. I have done this upon moving into the last few places I’ve lived and felt I had good results. And, besides, it smells lovely. So it’s really just a pleasure to work with it in this way.
Wormwood deters weeds and can be planted in your garden for this purpose. How marvelous! You do have to be careful not to plant it around your herbs though. It’s roots secrete a component that may inhibit their growth. Best to keep it with the veggies 😉
This herb repels fleas, moths, and caterpillars. And when infused in water can be used for aphid control.
Getting familiar with wormwood and its properties is definitely a worthwhile venture. So, if you are inclined to get to know it better, I say go for it!
Please do take a moment to pop into the comments and share any information you may have about this lovely herb. I would love to hear what you have to say.
As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤
DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching herbs to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for the results of that decision.