Wormwood herb has long been used as a medicinal herb ingredient in insect repellants.

Artemisia absinthium

Wormwood repels insects and when used as one of the medicinal herbs. As the name suggests, the controversial herb wormwood expels intestinal worms. Ancient Egyptians used it especially to expel round worms and threadworms.

Wormwood benefits, when planted as a companion herb plant in your herb garden, are that the herb repels slugs, aphids, cabbageworm butterflies and black flea beetles. When used in sachets, the herb wormwood herb can keep moths away.

The Latin name Artemisia, comes from the Greek goddess Artemis, who looked after women during childbirth. Used with other healing herbs, the ancients considered wormwood a favorite women’s herb to bring on periods, but it is no longer used in that way.

Pure Oil of Wormwood is considered to be poisonous and modern herbalists caution the internal use of wormwood.

Description of the wormwood plant:

The best growing zones for common Wormwood:

Growing wormwood in your herb garden:

•Taking semi-hardwood cuttings the fall or at least as late in the summer as possible.

•Wormwood plants may also be started from root cuttings in the fall.

•Wormwood seeds may also be sown in the spring.

harvesting wormwood:

In modern herbal medicine current uses for wormwood are limited.

The information available on the Wormwood herb remains a mixed bag of tricks.

Judging from the reams of confusing information that has been published by authoritive sources regarding the safety of the herb wormwood, one should be very cautious if considering its use. As your grandmother always said, "It is better to be safe than sorry." It is this publisher's opinion that she was correct. I would avoid the extensive experimentation in the use of the herb wormwood.