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Sweet AnnieSweet Annie, Organic
Artemisia annua

This bitter herb is a traditional treatment for malaria in China because it contains artemisinin, but not in the ferocious quantities that regular wormwood does. Like most parasites, malaria critters don't like bitter things in the blood of their hosts. This indicates a magical use of sweet Annie--ridding the area of parasitic negative spirits or as I think of them, spirit cockroaches, the kind that give a sleeper nightmares or make trouble in the kitchen with slippery knives or hidden little shards of broken glass on the floor. For that purpose, infuse the herb in hot (not boiling) water and use as a wash or spray. You can also combine it with a good general purifying resin like frankincense for a spirit roach-busting smudge. Also consider this as a component in a bundle dedicated to Artemis, along with mugwort and wormwood. These can also be a nice foundation for an Artemis incense. Combine them in equal parts with a Moon resin, like sandarac or storax. Or make a libation to Her by infusing some of the three herbs in a potato vodka. Although this does not have juicy or watery leaves, I identify it as a Moon herb because in Traditional Chinese Medicine, its uses all involve cooling. Also known as sweet wormwood, sweet sagewort, annual wormwood, and quing hao.  


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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Honoring Artemis
Moon Herb

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