(Artemisia absinthium) Poisonous. Do not take if pregnant or nursing. Not for long term use.
Folk Names: Absinthe, Old Woman, Crown for a King, Madderwort, Wormot. Gender: Masculine. Planet: Mars. Element: Fire. Deities: Iris, Diana, Artemis. Powers: Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits.
Magical Uses: Wormwood is burned in incenses designed to aid in developing
psychic powers, and is also worn for this
purpose. Carried, wormwood protects not
only against bewitchment, but also from
the bite of sea serpents. Also, according to
ancient traditions, it counteracts the effects
of poisoning by hemlock and toadstools, but I wouldn’t bet my life on its effectiveness in this area. Hung from the rear-view
mirror, wormwood protects the vehicle
from accidents on treacherous roads. Wormwood is also sometimes used in
love infusions, probably because it was
once made into an alcoholic beverage
called absinthe. This highly-addictive and
dangerous liqueur is now outlawed or
banned in many countries, but the reputation lingers and wormwood is still used in
love mixtures. One such use is to place it
under the bed to draw a loved one. Wormwood is also burned to summon
spirits. It is sometimes mixed with sandalwood for this purpose. If burned in graveyards the spirits of the dead will rise and
speak, according to old grimoires.
(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)