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Wormwood Artemesia absinthium Properties



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Scientific Name: Artemesia absinthium

                 Wormwood has been well known by many cultures around the globe all throughout history. Throughout history its had a reputation for being an Astral Projection tool, to induce visions ( oneirogen - dream inducing plant), as a powerful medicine, and even some other more far out suggestions. Russian peasants claimed that its bitter taste was due to the herbs "absorption of bitter human suffering."

Wormwood is documented in the Ebers Papyrus, a medical document that dates back to 1550 B.C. It was used by the Egyptians and many other cultures down the road as a vermifuge, which means that it can expel or remove worms internally. The name "wormwood" speaks for itself, as its use for ridding the body of worms is common. Historically its properties were also thought to prevent the plague. American Indian tribes would smoke the foliage. They believed that the foliage induced visionary states during religious ceremonies.

These medicinal and psychoactive properties are likely due to the naturally occurring Thujone alkaloids, and other compounds that it creates. The phytochemicals are made by using the resources made availble to the plant from the biosphere, as well as the information written into its DNA. In other words, they are are naturally occurring chemicals. This is not to be confused with "designer drugs", or synthetics. Wild plants contain and produce microscopic pharmacological compounds of great interest to science.

Absinthe

Wormwood is most well known for its use in the psychoactive drink known as Absinthe. Absinthe was consumed and thoroughly enjoyed by many famous minds. It has always been said to enhance creativity. Many famous artist and creators prized absinthe, including the painters Lautrec, Gauguin, Manet, Van Gogh and Picasso, along with the writers Rimbaud, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe and Jack London. This backs up the beliefs that its properties enhance human creativity.

Natural Insecticide Pesticide



                 Since it has successfully been used throughout history to rid the human body of parasitic worms, I decided to test it out as a natural insecticide on a vegetable garden. I took a spray bottle, added about 25% rubbing alcohol, and the other 75% water. From there, I took a coffee filter, and added around a quarter of an ounce, twisted it at the top, and tied if off with a bread tie. Next, I let it sit for at least an hour so all of the alkaloids could extract into the alcohol and water mixture. I sprayed the solution directly on the leaves of all the tomato plants that were being attacked by worms, and insects. The results of the spray that I made were very impressive. I noticed that the spray keeps critters away for quite some time. After a heavy rain, you may want to spray again.


"Folk Lore" = Documented Observations

                 In ancient times, nature was thoroughly researched. Many self evident truths were believed because they were looked at as natures clear indication. This goes for Artemesia Absinthium ( wormwood ) too. Perhaps a lot of the "folk lore" isn't so "out there" as many people rule off. After all, people were clearly being led to believe what they did out of observation.

Sense Wormwood is considered to be an oneirogen, I wanted to talk about the connection between dreams and creativity. You see, there have been studies which suggest that one with an active dream life displays more creative abilities in the waking life. This information can be found by anyone with a simple google search. You'll find a lot of .edu and academic resources on the subject too. The great minds that consumed wormwood were very creative ones as mentioned earlier. This is further evidence that suggest it does in fact enhance creativity.

Infused Tinctures


Now it's time to discuss how to use Wormwood. When being prepared for an Absinthe brew the plant material is soaked in alcohol and then steam distilled. The remaining oils are a glowing green color ( very cool ). For creating infused oneirogen tinctures simply select several plants of choice. Choose your plants so that their properties work synergistically together. Soak the plant material for a minimum of one month in high proof alcohol such as everclear.

It's ideal to shake the mixture up from time to time. You also want to store it in a cool, dark place. Temperature and heat can damage and destroy certain phytochemicals, and we don't want that. Once it's finished soaking, you'll want to strain the remaining plant matter out and add the liquid to glass tincture bottles with droppers. This extraction technique ensure that you hace captured both polar and non-polar alkaloids. Congratulations!

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Resources:

Absinthe. (2014, October 25). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:46, October 28, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Absinthe&oldid=631084642

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