Protectant denotes plants believed to afford protection. This can include protection against something or shielding from loss or harm.
Name: Artemisia absinthium
Toxicity: considered toxic especially in alcohol
Common Name: Wormwood
Applicable Plant Components: herb
Divinatory (herb with Thymus, Calendula & honey)
Anecdotal: The wood found at the base of old Artemisia absinthium clumps is burned and rendered into tattooing soot. Artemisia absinthium is highly valued in rituals and at burial sites. It is still entreated in Eastern Europe in the spring to exorcise unwanted spirits from every home in a village. Spirit Handlers and their apprentices prepare for a week before the ritual commences. Artemisia absinthium is tied up into prayer bundles or fastened to prayer sticks. It is an aid in ritual searches for water and acts as a lure during hunts for one’s personal medicine. The spirit within Artemisia absinthium is invoked to address spiritual pain related to subjective experiences that have led to the loss of sacred songs or the ability to sing them as well as the loss or attrition of spiritual energy or direction. It is a formidable incarnant for resolving endopsychic wounds or exorcising the malevolent spirits suspected of being the culprits. Artemisia absinthium can be burned as smudge, steamed, or worn to enhance psychic ability, and to summon ancestral intervention or guidance. It can be strewn or carried for protection against accidents or encounters with malevolent spirits. Artemisia absinthium is a common ingredient in love medicine and at its most potent when handled in groves or lodges.