After I found out what this represented in the Bible, I wanted nothing more to do with it. The only use I found for it externally, was as a natural way to keep pest off plants. I will discuss how it's been used as a medicine by other cultures, and give biblical warnings about why you should not partake in any "shamanic" practices, as widely promoted online. Various ethnobotanical vendors promote lore associated with these cultures, that is dangerous, and can cause unwanted physical and spiritual side effects. I discuss these on this page. I am a firm believer in herbal medicine, but I do believe that there is such a thing as discernment required to determine which plants are ok to consume, and which ones are meant to be left alone. I also believe that ethnobotanials which God meant for us to leave alone, are the ones that dark spirits attach theirselves to. We must be cautious, and allow the holy spirit to guide us, or other spirits will. 1 John 4:1 "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." The bible also warns that you will be cursed basically, if you associated with such practices ( I can vouche ) Leviticus 20:6 -“ ‘I will set my face against anyone who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute themselves by following them, and I will cut them off from their people.' ". "Shamanic" practices are dangerous, and forbidden by Yahweh, the most high.

         Wormwood has been well known by many cultures around the globe all throughout history. Throughout history its had a reputation by herbalists for being useful as a vermifuge(expel worms), immune medicine, ingredient in certain infusions including Absinthe, as an oneirogen, and certain cultures for being an "Astral Projection tool", to "induce dream visions" ( oneirogen - dream inducing plant), and even some other more far out suggestions such as having a correlation with human creativity. Absinthe is an alcoholic beverage made using Wormwood and other herbs. It's a mysterious drink but given thorough research on it, I believe it is some type of occult potion that they use to commune with spirits and do other creepy forbidden practices. Russian peasants claimed that its bitter taste was due to the herbs "absorption of bitter human suffering." Maybe this is an indication that it shouldn't be used in anyway. Kinda creepy. This website serves as a basic guide to try to save people from the new age deception, the trap of "shamanic ethnobotanicals". Some plants are great medicine, but others simply are not there to be messed with. This is a hard truth for many to learn. One of the traps of "the enemy", as so many Christians put it, is to stab you in the back by tricking you into looking up to things in this world which really aren't good for you. Certain plants are dangerous, and Wormwood is known to contain toxic types of phytochemicals. Not all phytochemicals in plants are this way, but in this case, we have something that is. Pastor Robert morris claims (I'll hunt up a citation and link to this) that it caused "mental deterioration and insanity due to the slow build up of a poison found in the plant") Occult cultures believed it could summon spirits..

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.(Leviticus 19:26-31 "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves"). I personally find any idea of consuming Wormwood in particular adhurant, and detest it. I don't believe this plant should be consumed. According to the bible, it represents some pretty wicked things. Revelations 8:11-12 - "11: The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter like wormwood oil,a and many people died from the bitter waters. 12: Then the fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun and moon and stars were struck. A third of the stars were darkened, a third of the day was without light, and a third of the night as well." In other places it represents bitterness, and other dark things. I don't suggest consuming or owning it.

These potential medicinal and psychoactive properties are likely due to the naturally occurring Thujone alkaloids, and other compounds that it creates, however with potentially harmful consequences. You can read more about Thujone on PubChem(an academic database), and note that Thujone also exist in: Sassafras, Mugwort, Oregano, Sage, Damiana(dream inducing), and others. The phytochemicals are made by using the resources made available to the plant from the biosphere, as well as the information written into its DNA, and this is remarkable on the other hand. 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. I think it would be very cool to be one of these researchers, and to have access to things like pur Thujone. That would be dope. I don't believe that synthetics surpass raw plant material though. The sciene behind how some of them work to our benefit is truly amazing, but Wormwood really isn't one I'd mess with. With so many other options out there in herbalism, I'd go with something like Echinacea, Lavender, Peppermint, Hemp, Kratom, Mullein, Chamomile, Cinnamon, etc, something more grandmaish, and righteous in nature. Everyone has their own beliefs, and having converted from new age to a follower of Yeshua and Yahweh(The Alpha and Omega), I believe that fallen angels attach theirselves to plants like Wormwood, because it has a dark context in the Bible, and I don't believe that all of them are meant for consumption. That and its toxcicity, leads me to believe this. I just see no need for it, choose something else.

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        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.

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