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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

(Artemisia absinthium)

CAUTION! Strong doses cause convulsions.

PROPAGATION: By cuttings. Perennial.
NEEDS: Partial shade and average soil and moisture.
HARVEST: Foliage.


Was used historically by the Romans as a drink and to flavor wine which was thought to promote longevity.
Used formerly as a vermifuge, tonic, digestive aid, stimulent, and febrifuge. Leaves and flowering tops were used.
The powdered flowering tops were used to expel intestinal worms.

Used today in moth repellant sachets or potpourri.

Repels moths.

Was used by the Romans as incense.

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