Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The 2016 A-Z Challenge brought to you by The Letter "W"


Hello! And welcome to the 2016 A-Z CHALLENGE!!

* confetti *

This year, I’m blogging my way through a botanical alphabet

I hope you enjoy your time here and by all means, 
come back tomorrow and see what plant I’m highlighting next! Cheers!!


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WORMWOOD
(artemisia absinthium)

(photo found at www.botanical.com)

The Latin name "artemisia" comes from the Greek goddess Artemis (my personal favorite) who, it is rumored, used the plant and gave the knowledge of its healing powers to the wise centaur Chiron. You may have heard of him? He was the tutor to Jason, that guy with the boat who went after that golden woolly blanket?

Wormwood is known for its bitterness and is used to expel worms, repel insects, help with indigestion and restore appetite. Commercially it is used in perfume, beers, vermouth, and -most infamously- as the "Green Fairy" in absinthe.

If Wormwood is chosen as a remedy it should only be used in small quantities for short periods of time. Bear in mind that it is not safe for pregnant women or children in any amounts.

Wormwood once had a reputation as a love potion and it was believed it could give you a dream about your future spouse. Of course, I've heard that absinthe can make you see all sorts of things. If you do use it to find Mr. or Mrs. Right, be careful and don't listen to the voices. They don't have your best interest in mind!

No matter what they say.

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All research references can be found in my Library of Botanical Miscellany

Disclaimer
These posts are in NO WAY medical suggestions. They are intended for informational purposes only.
If you are interested in pursuing natural, herbal remedies, get thee to a reputable herb shop (preferably one that is locally and independently owned and operated) and get educated!

Disclaimer II
It’s ridiculous that anyone writing about herbal and traditional remedies should have to put a disclaimer at the end of anything. 
Use your brain and think for yourself! Just as you shouldn't take a pharmaceutical at face value, 
do your herbal research and learn about the amazing plants around us.



3 comments:

  1. I knew it was used in perfume and vermouth but did not know about its other uses. Interesting. Thanks.

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  2. Now that's an intersting name ;-)
    I find the mix of absinthe and 'finding your true love' quite intersting ;-)

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