Wormwood Artemesia absinthium


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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 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. Russian peasants claimed that its bitter taste was due to the herbs "absorption of bitter human suffering." Maybe this is an indication that it has anti-depressant qualities? It sounds like it to me. I love the stuff when I feel sick, which isn't very often.


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. There must be something to it because it was used in Absinthe, which was often referred to as the "green fairy".


These potential 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 available 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. 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.


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. I think that it can 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 my belief that its properties which may enhance human creativity. Also research the connection between dreams and creative potential. I find it very fascinating research.


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.


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. If you haven't already tried the stuff, I suggest buying Absinthe made from Wormwood as it's finally legal in the USA. Traditionally, it was consumed similar to LSD, as people would drop it on a sugar cube. It literally glows. It's very cool! A phytochemist friend of mine showed me the stuff glowing under a blacklight, Thujone that is! IT WAS AMAZING!


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! Oh, certain Absinthe recipes use Anise seed as well!


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