In Magick, Wormwood is ruled by Mars and Fire. A sacred herb to Diana and Artemis, it has a long history in spirit summoning blends. It can also be used as a protection herb, or to improve your psychic powers. Wormwood has a very strong energy, so a little goes a long way!
Wormwood can be added to magical sachets and hung in the car or carried with you for magical protection. Wormwood is useful for calling spirits, astral projection and for heightened spiritual awareness.
As bitter as wormwood, goes an ancient proverb, and wormwood is indeed one of the most bitter of all plants. Named after the Greek goddess Artemis, the plant is said to have been delivered to Chiron, the father of medicine, by the goddess herself. Wormwood, often called absinth, has hallucinogenic and psychoactive properties and is said to affect the brain in much the same way as THC. Its best known use is in the making of absinthe, a liquor distilled from wormwood which is said to have hallucinogenic effects. Such famous men as Hemingway and Van Gogh attributed part of their creativity to absinthe induced visions. True absinthe is illegal in many countries, but wormwood is also used as a color and flavoring in other liqueurs, notably vermouth. The absinthe recommended by the ancient physicians from the Egyptian through the Greeks was likely a very different recipe than that with which we are familiar today. It is most likely that it was simply wormwood soaked in wine or spirits, imparting the medicinal value of the plant to the alcohol.
The whole herb (leaf, stem and flowering parts) is generally used. Wormwood’s rather unsavory reputation and the banning of absinthe in the United States has added to the glamour and mystery surrounding it. The active constituent thujone, most often absinthol, can be toxic in high doses, and may induce hallucinogenic visions.
NOTE: Wormwood contains constituents that may be toxic if ingested in large amounts and for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.
This is 1 ounce in a zip bag and a little goes a long way!
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