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Essential Oil - Wormwood

(Artemisia absinthium)

perfumery use only

Wormwood is the main ingredient in the famed 'Green Faerie' absinthe liqueur that is outlawed for import into the U.S. due to its halucinogenic effects from high thujone levels. This oil has a long history of herbal use, but is not considered practical for aromatherapy due to containing some compounds which are considered to have a low therapeutic margin. The distilled oil is concentrated and should be used with care.



Wormwood Essential Oil Profile

Origin: China Method: Steam Distilled

A dark green or bluish oil with a spicy, warm, bitter-green odor and a sharp, fresh top note. It blends well in minute quantities with oakmoss, jasmine, neroli, lavender, and ambrette seed.

Principal Constituents:   These are naturally occuring in the essential oil.

  • thujone (up to 71%)
  • azulenes
  • terpenes

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Abortifacient, anthelmintic, choleretic, deodorant, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insect repellent, narcotic, stimulant (digestive), tonic, vermifuge.

Toxic. Abortifacient: Do not use during pregnancy.

Primary Therapy Agent:
Perfumery use only.

Secondary Therapy Agent:
Perfumery use only.

Important Note:
The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

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