I have had a wormwood plant by the door of my home for just over 2 years at the time of writing this blog post. I am moving across the country and will be giving my well-loved door guardian to my neighbor when I go.
This post is being written prior to my move in an attempt to have material for all of my lovely Ancient Allies Witches as I travel. By the time it reaches your eyes, my beautiful baby will be settled into her new home. I think she will like it there. And I know her new mama will take good care of her.
Still, she will be missed. She has greeted me each time I come home since I first moved here. She is for sure a well-loved friend!
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, & chamomile all make really amazing bitter tonics. It is simpler and safer to just choose one of those herbs instead.
While many herbalists use this plant internally, I have simply found it easier to focus on her other talents. Historically, she has a bit of a sordid past ...
Wormwood is a main component of absinthe. This is an alcohol product which has been banned in many countries. It 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. This side-effects led to its ban in France.
There is a great deal of mystery surrounding this plant because it has been banned in so many places. It 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.
I know there are many reputable herbalists out there using wormwood with great success. There are also those who use it recreationally. I salute them. But 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 magically. I find both of these applications useful for my practice. 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.
She makes incredibly wonderful little sleep pillows. They are fun to sew and make really great gifts. Perhaps, one of the nicest ways to share the herb magic that wormwood possesses with friends and family.
Still, it is in my magic that I use wormwood most often. She is a great ally for banishing spirits. And also to dispel negativity which has compiled in a room as a result of discordance and/or arguments.
She can be infused in oil and used to anoint yourself for protection prior to ritual work. This oil is pretty much an altar must-have. It also makes a lovely addition to that on-the-go magic kit you carry in your purse.
You do have one of these in your purse, right?!? 😉
I keep several dried herbs in the drawer under my altar table so they are handy for rituals, spells, or just a quick 'moment of magic', wormwood is among them. She removes darkness and negativity from anything you request of her; leaving you with a fresh clean slate to work with.
I will use her in this way when I arrive at my new home. I have already packed a bag of dried wormwood in the car so that it is easily accessible when I get there. She will be brewed into an infusion, which will be added to the water I use to clean the stead. I will wipe down all of the surfaces I can with this magic brew. Placing my intentions for peace, contentment, insight, growth, prosperity, and more as I go.
I am particularly excited to use her on the kitchen cabinets. There are plenty of them, and this is where my families nourishment will come from. Important stuff! There is also a nook in the kitchen that is suitable for an office space. This is where my work will flourish. More important stuff! 😉
I hope to grow wormwood at my new home. I am not certain that she is going to like the climate. I will have to look into that. But if she does, I will use her as one of my garden allies. She deters weeds! How marvelous.
You do have to be careful not to plant her around your herbs though. Her roots secrete a component that may inhibit their growth. Best to keep her with the veggies! 😉
She repels fleas, moths, and caterpillars. This is pretty fab too!
And if she cannot be in the climate at the new stead, I can still brew her into an infusion and use her for aphid control.
This concludes our journey through the magical world of wormwood ...
I hope it has been as much fun for you as it has been for me ...
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Bountiful Blessings ~ Diane