Artemisia of the Week: ROMAN WORMWOOD

Species: Artemisia pontica

Common names: Petite Wormwood, Small Absinthe

History/Folklore: Believed to have been brought to the Americas in the 17th century, Roman Wormwood was favored in the making of Vermouth because its taste was less bitter that A. Absinthium. Roman Wormwood is considered to be the least strong of all the Artemisia.

Appearance: Finely divided gray green leaves that are aromatic. Grows to about 10–12 inches high.

Parts Used: leaves

Collection: Harvest and dry in mid summer. Cut stems and hang to dry.

Actions:  tonic, bitter.
Indications:  aids in digestion.

Counterindications: Avoid during pregnancy.

Cultivation: Perennial to zone 3. Plant 2 feet apart in slightly acidic, well drained soil. Propagation is layering or cuttings.

Light: Full sun

Zones : 3-8

Plant Type: Perennial, Herb, Shrub

About Airmeith Naturals

Anna has over 25 years of experience working with herbs. She trained as a chef specializing in classical French cuisine. Anna has extensive knowledge of herbs used in cooking, as well as having researched the historic use of culinary herbs & spices. She is a Certified Community Herbalist who has completed multiple apprenticeships and classes with renowned Herbalists along with her own studies. Her concentration is in Western European Herbal Practices. She has attended college for Environmental Science as well as earning her certificate in Massage Therapy and is licensed in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Anna is a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. Anna lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and has over an acre of gardens to play in. Anna is the herbalist at Airmeith Naturals in Holyoke Massachusetts
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