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a.k.a Lad's Love
(Artemisia abrotanum)
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PROPAGATION: By cuttings taken in June or July or by taking a slip with a heel. Perennial shrub. The variety called Tangerine Southernwood (A. abrotanum. cv) is useful in moth repellant sachets and in citrus potpourri. Also an important landscape shrub.
NEEDS: Full sun and average well-drained soil. Prune in spring to keep in good shape.
HARVEST: As needed.


Infusion of the leaves considered tonic and a mild sedative.
Contains a disinfecting oil.
Used formerly to expel intestinal worms (due to the presence of absinthol).

A decoction of southernwood and barley used as a wash for acne.
In the herbal bath it is used for fragrance and said to be soothing.
An infusion of the leaves used for a hair rinse.

The dried leaves used in moth repellant sachets. Provides a good base for wreaths and herb baskets. Used in herb and flower arrangements.

Branches produce yellow.

Repels cabbage moth and fruit tree moth. Dried leaves repel moths.
A moth repellant sachet which can be hung on a hanger = 1 Tbsp dried southernwood, 1 tsp crushed cinnamon stick. Mix and fill 2" squares or triangles of fabric and attach to coat hangers with a ribbon.


©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH