WORMWOOD ~ WONDROUS WORMWOOD

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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.

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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.

MAKE ROSE SCENTED OIL ENERGETICALLY DESIGNED TO HEAL THE HEART

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I am a woman who has seen more than her share of heartache. I don’t say that to gain condolences from you. I say it as a matter of fact. It is not something that I spend much time reflecting on. That would be counter-productive in so many ways. It just is. Fact.

I also have a marked history of heart disease in my family line. So my heart is one of the things I try to take good care of in my life. I’m not great at it. I wish I were. But I do try to be mindful of her when making decisions that affect her.

In addition to the more well known practices geared toward heart health, like; a healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining low stress levels, I firmly believe in implementing herb and crystal energetics into my routine.

I brought rose into my routine quite a few years ago, when I was gifted a rose essence from an acquaintance I met while living in northern CA. I faithfully took that essence every day. And I experienced a noticeable transformation from its use.

That little bottle has been gone for some time now. And while I have used the lovely rose as an herbal aid since then, I haven’t employed her in my life on a daily basis. But I am feeling as though spending some time with her would be good for me. And I intend to make myself a batch of rose essence this summer when this amazing plant is blessing us with her gorgeous blooms. But, until then I want to be able to access her properties whenever I feel the need for them.

So, I put together a few heart friendly herbal roll-ons to have on hand. And I thought that it would be nice to share the process of making these sweetly scented little herbal remedies with all of you ❤

The ingredients I used are as follows …

ROSE PETALS (DRIED): Medicinally the rose is used to fight depression and improve the overall function of the heart. Energetically it is used to heal heartache, promote feelings of connection, and soothe disappointment. The rose essence I spoke of earlier in this post was designed to assist one in taking steps toward reaching their deepest desires which, of course, reside in the heart.

HAWTHORN BERRIES (DRIED): Hawthorn comes from the rose plant family. It makes one of the most effective general heart tonics known to herbalism. It seems to read what the heart needs and then quite graciously provides it. This property is seen in the way it reacts to blood pressure. It will raise low blood pressure and lower high blood pressure. I have heard many an herbalist say, “Hawthorn just knows.” I concur.

AND it performs in the very same way on an energetic level. It deciphers what one needs to obtain healing in matters of the heart, and then it provides exactly that.

CLEAR QUARTZ CHIPS: Clear quartz is often used to amplify the properties of the herbs and crystals it is paired with. And while it has many other energetic properties, it is this one that makes it the perfect addition to this ‘brew’.

BULGARIAN ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL: This is the essential oil extracted from the petals of one of the rarest flowers in the world. It is only cultivated and harvested in the Rose Valley of Kazanlak. I am fortunate to have a bottle of it, as it is very pricey. And while it is worth every penny, I would likely not have purchased it at full price. But I came across one hell of a bargain and I simply couldn’t pass it up!

It possesses the same properties as the rose flower itself. Which I’ve described above for dried rose petals. And, almost more importantly, it adds the intoxicating scent of this healing plant to this herbal gem. So that each time you use it you are reminded of whence your ‘medicine’ has come ❤

ALMOND OIL: I really used this oil because it is what I had in the house that had the most transparency. I wanted to showcase the rose petals, hawthorn berries, and clear quartz chips. I think it accomplished that nicely. And I suppose it counts that almond oil is a heart healthy oil. Perhaps, it counts more than I realize 😉

After choosing the ingredients for my roll-ons, putting them together is sort of a no-brainer.

Simply place a few rose petals, clear quartz chips, and hawthorn berries in a roll-on applicator bottle. Add rose essential oil. I used 45 drops. Then top off with almond oil, snap the roll-on ball in place, and secure the lid. It’s that simple 😉

I had the great privilege of gifting one of these to a friend. And another to a new co-worker. An act that is also good for the heart 😉

And that left me with one bottle of heart healthy goodness for myself. It should get me through the early spring as I await the arrival of the first rose flower of the year without a problem! Mission rose scented oil accomplished!

Are you familiar with the healing properties of the rose? If so, fill me in on what you know about this wonderful plant in the comments. And if not, please share whatever thoughts you have about the information I’ve provided on this healing herb in this post. I’d love to hear what you have to say!

And … connect with me on facebook, pinterest, and instagram to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

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.