WORMWOOD – also known as Absinthe. Said to increase psychic powers evocation, divination, scrying and prophecy. Exorcism, binding, protection. Burned with mugwort to call upon helpful spirits. Said to help prevent accidents. Wormwood is a close relative of Mugwort and shares many of the same characteristics because they are both members of the same family. It’s mostly used for cleansing and divination. It is used as incense to ward off negativity and evil spirits, as well as to aid divination and scrying in all kinds. External use only. Do not confuse wormwood with Artemisia herba-alba, Mugwort, Sweet Annie, Wormseed, or Ginger. These are not the same.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a type of plant that is native to Eurasia and North Africa. Absinthe, green ginger, and old woman are some of the more common nicknames. It’s a perennial plant with silvery green foliage that grows to approximately three feet tall and can be made into a hedge. The leaves and flower heads are a pale green color, changing to a golden brown as the flowers mature. Wormwood blooms in the middle of the summer.
Wormwood is a bitter herb that is used to flavor vermouth and absinthe liqueur. Wormwood’s fragrance is said to boost psychic skills. To keep moths and fleas at bay, this herb is dried and made into sachets. According to legend, burning the plant in a cemetery will summon the spirits of the departed. When carried in a sachet or charm bag, wormwood guards against bewitchment. This heinous herb was also used in love enchantments. Artemis, Pan, and Diana regard it as sacrosanct. Wormwood represents a sad parting of friends in floral language. This is a plant that is considered to be masculine. The planet Mars and the element of fire are its astrological influences.
Luring love, cleaning, protection from accidents and evil spirits, and divination are all magical uses for artemisia. Researchers believe that people in Asia, Europe, and North America have used thujone, a hallucinogenic component found in several plants in the family, to induce visions and dreams since the Stone Age. Wormwood is also a significant ingredient in absinthe, the iconic neon-green liqueur that has been prohibited in several countries due to fears that it will cause drinkers to behave violently and irrationally.