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Wormwood

A plant that can grow up to 1,20 metre, with grey-green leaves, and yellow flowers.
Scientific name:

Artemisia Absinthium.

Family:

Compositae.

Native to:

Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia and Northern America.

Active substance(s):

Absinthin, thujon.

Effect:

Wormwood has been used for centuries in many cultures as a medicine to treat stomachache or mestrual problems, to improve appetite and digestion, or to free the body from worms. But it is better known as main ingredient of the drink absinthe, that has narcotic, euphoric and hallucinogenic effects.

Usage:

To make your own absinthe, soak the dried leaves in pastisse (Pernod) or gin for 3 days, then sieve.

Dosage:

40 grams per bottle of liquor.

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