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Botanical Name: Artemisia absinthum

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Origin: USA

Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Characteristics: “Wormwood voideth away the worms of the guts, not only taken inwardly, but applied outwardly…it keepeth garments also from the mothes; it driveth away gnats; the bodie being anointed with the oyle thereof.” John Gerard 1597 taken from his classic Generall Historie of Plantes.

As is the case for most very old compendiums there is more focus on the living and dried herd than any isolated material. Therefore when consulting older manuals extra care should be taken to sort out the modern equivalent.

Wormwood oil is mobile, green liquid with an herbal aroma that is neither pleasant nor offensive. It is a vegetable smell with peaty facets and nuances of decaying leaves and organic earth. It is best evaluated on a blotter for about 30 minutes with frequent breaks.

In spite of many severe warnings in aroma therapy about Wormwood oil, EOQA considers the possibility that some of these are overstated and under verified. This is a useful herb in wise and skilled hands. Still it is best avoided by women with childbearing intentions. For mature women especially post-menopausal and for men it is a useful oil to ward off insects. It is a useful strategy against foot fungus. The area should be washed with warm soapy water and thoroughly dried and given extended periods of nude ventilation. Afterwards the oil can be applied with a clean cotton swab. Again, permit extended time to air out. Keep the feet as dry as possible. Change socks often. Wear only clean socks. Avoid stagnate water. Drink a lot of clear fluids.

Please Note: The information on EOQA.com is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary form of healthcare.

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1 oz, 4 oz, 1 lb, 1 kg


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