Herbalism Studies


For the first little dive into herbs, I wanted to write about something that maybe everyone here reading can find with just a little luck. Also it happens to have maybe the witchiest name ever; I’m talking about Wormwood!

 Artemisia Absinthium, commonly known as Wormwood or Absinthe, is a pretty little herb that typically grows somewhere between two to four feet tall and bears tiny yellowish flowers between July and October. You can find it pretty easily in North America, especially in the Pacific Northwest, and most parts of Europe on the sides of roads, or in wasteland.

You may have noticed that the other common name for Wormwood is Absinthe. Wormwood was used to flavor Absinthe before it was banned and it is still used to flavor Vermouth. 

Medicinally speaking, Wormwood has benefits for the heart and the stomach if properly dosed. While people mostly use it for indigestion and other minor gastrointestinal problems like heartburn or gas, it can be a useful cardiac stimulant and may help promote better blood flow.


Be warned though: Pure wormwood oil is poison, and excessive use of even properly dosed treatments can be dangerous. Make sure to do plenty of research and follow very strict dosages to insure your own safety!

Wormwood is associated strongly with both love and protection. Pagans and practitioners mainly use Wormwood in love potions, charms and sachets  today, but traditionally Russians would wear charms made with Wormwood to ward off evil waterspirits called Rusalki. While some pagans do still use it for protection magick, it’s more for warding general harm and accidents.


SORCE 1: the herb book (john Lust) pgs 398-399

Source2: https://www.flyingthehedge.com/2019/02/herbarium-wormwood.html

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