Wormwood, also called absinthe wormwood, is a member of the daisy family. Its botanical name is for Artemis, the Greek Goddess of the hunt, wild animals and childbirth and whose legend claims helped her own mother give birth to her twin brother, Apollo. The plant contains a chemical called thujone, an organic compound also found in conifers (i.e., juniper and cypress), oregano, tansy, sage and mugwort. Still, the use of wormwood is generally limited to small quantities in herbal bitters.
|culinary||Not for culinary use.|
|household||Used to repel and kill insects.|
|safety||Due to the presence of thujone, do not take this herb long-term or in large quantity.|
1oz Wormwood dried