Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

Name: Artemisia absinthium

Toxicity: considered toxic, especially in alcohol

Common Name: Wormwood 

Continent: Europe   Habitat: VI

Applicable Plant Components: herb

Sanctificational

Invitatory

Convocational

Fortificational

Psychical

Desistant

Harmonical

Pacificatory

Reconciliatory

Reversional

Theurgical

Prolongational

Amoristic

Protectant

Vulnerary

Sanguinary

Providential

Plenitudinal

Plenarial

Ensurant

Soporific

Ecstatic

Divinatory (herb with Thymus, Calendula & honey)

Affixal

Affirmational

Resurgent

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 ones 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.

Other species of wormwood:

A. campestris (Field Wormwood) Continent: Eurasia   Habitat: III

A. maritima (Sea Wormwood) Continent: Eurasia   Habitat: VII




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