Artemisia absinthium, goes under the more common name of Wormwood and it is the prime ingredient in the alcoholic drink absinthe. The active ingredient in terms of
Originally found in Eastern Europe and Siberia, it now also grows in some more temperate regions of the US.
There is a long and colorful history to the Artemisia absinthium plant:
- In the Bible the bitterness of wormwood is used as a metaphor for sin
- In the Mexican Festival of the Salt Goddess, the women wear garlands of wormwood on their heads while engaging in ritual
- Burned wormwood is said to enhance powers of divination and clairvoyance and it is also burned on the fire for protection from dark spirits