Artemisia absinthium L.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
As bitter as wormwood, goes an ancient proverb, and wormwood is indeed one of the most bitter of all plants. Named after the Greek goddess Artemis, the plant is said to have been delivered to Chiron, the father of medicine, by the goddess herself. Wormwood, often called absinthe, is often used as a companion plant, as it has strong pest repellent properties, and deters the growth of weeds. Its best known use is in the making of absinthe, a liquor distilled from wormwood. Such famous men as Hemingway and Van Gogh attributed part of their creativity to absinthe induced visions. True absinthe is illegal in many countries, but wormwood is also used as a color and flavoring in other liqueurs, notably vermouth. The absinthe recommended by the ancient physicians from the Egyptian through the Greeks was likely a very different recipe than that with which we are familiar today. It is most likely that it was simply wormwood soaked in wine or spirits, imparting the value of the plant to the alcohol. Among its traditional uses, Pliny noted that victorious champions at the races often drank a cup of wine in which wormwood had been soaked to remind them that victory was bitter as well as sweet.
Aerial portion (leaf, stem, and flowering parts).
Soaked in wine or other spirits, as a tea, in dream and sleep pillows, and as a liquid herbal extract.
Wormwood's rather unsavory reputation and the banning of absinthe in the United States has added to the glamour and mystery surrounding it. The active constituent thujone, most often absinthol, can be toxic in high doses. Wormwood has a long association with both bitterness and liquor, being an ingredient in Pernod, vermouth, absinthe and other alcoholic spirits.
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