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The Witches Garden has the largest collection of Medical Plants in Australia & is dedicated to preserving their history and folklore.

ARTEMISIA ‘Wormwood’ ‘Absinthe’

 

Named after the Greek Goddess Artemis who gave this family of plants to mankind as a gift. Although one of the bitterest herbs known it has for centuries been a major ingredient in aperitifs & herb wines. (Absinthe & Vermouth) This herb contains several substances which may adversely affect the body if taken in excess (including the hallucinogen, santonin) & for this reason produces some of the most dangerous & strongest alcoholic drinks. Has been used as a Malaria preventative. Can be used as a tea and has been used for stuffing geese.

 

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