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Wormwood Wormwood Essential Oil

This Mars scent offers protection from attack, especially by Mars-ruled creatures, whether wasps, scorpions, or snakes. The herb grew in the tracks of the snake that was expelled from the Garden of Eden. The Mars connection makes it helpful in fending off unwanted love magick and other Venus-associated works. In Russian culture, it is considered protective against the rusalki, water spirits who would wander the woods in spring, looking for someone to get their claws into (funny how old religious figures turn into enemies, no?). The rusalki hated this herb, probably because of its bitterness (and perhaps because of its connection with Mars and thus to Fire), so people who had to go into the woods during spring carried some with them. Perhaps this is related to the idea that this herb will also protect people against sea serpents. Consider this natural fragrance as an ingredient in magick oils dedicated to protection. However, its flip side is destruction: it is connected to the Tower in the Tarot, probably because it is mentioned in Christian Revelations as the Star Wormwood, representing destruction (because ruination is bitter). This too fits with Mars rulership in terms of its association with war. Keep in mind, though, that this plant gets its name from Artemis and consider it for war-like female deities. Top

Stupid Human Stuff

Don't ingest this or any essential oil. It is not a recreational drug, and you cannot make absinthe by adding it to anything. All that will happen is that you will have violent seizures as your liver fails to detoxify this solvent. Absinthe (visit the Absinthe FAQ) is way more complicated than an essential oil. It is made by first combining all the various herbs and then distilling them together. It is their distillation and their action together that make absinthe what it is, not to mention an alcohol content of 70%. And in fact, despite its name, typically it is not this species of wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) that is important to absinthe but Roman wormwood (A. pontica), which is far less bitter. You only have one liver. Don't screw it up. If you want to get high, go buy some pot--or some tobacco, which is not only actually psychoactive but legal and will take a lot longer to kill you than an essential oil will. This essential oil is sold only for use in magick. Steam-distilled from Artemisia absinthium in the US.

Combining With Other Essential Oils

The scent of this oil is very herby and green but warm instead of cool. Use only well diluted. If you have epilepsy or stomach ulcers, especially keep away from it. Try combining it with anise, angelica root, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, black pepper, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, palmarosa, ravintsara, rosemary, and tansy.

Wormwood Essential Oil (US)
5 ml $12.50


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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Protection Spells
Perfumes of Mars

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