Artemisia of the Week: Sweet Annie


Species: Artemisia annua

Common names: Sweet Annie, Sweet Wormwood, Sweet Sagewort, Annual Wormwood

History/Folklore: Sweet Annie is a annual herb that is native to Asia. It is widespread throughout Europe and North America. It has been utilized for over 1500 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine as treatment for fevers. Sweet Annie’s main active ingredient, artemisinin, has been used effectively as a treatment for malaria. The most common use of Sweet Annie, in the USA, is as an aromatic addition to dried arrangements and wreaths. It is also used as a deterrent to insects.

Appearance: Single stemmed with alternating branches and leaves. The leaves are fern like with a sweet camphor-like smell. The flowers, which are small and yellow, appear between July and October. Sweet Annie can reach a height of 5-6 feet.

Parts Used: Leaves stem and flowers

Collection: 
Cut after flowers appear. Can be used fresh or dried.

Actions:  febrifuge
Indications:  Has been used to reduce fever.

Counterindications: Avoid during pregnancy.

Cultivation: By seed.

Light: Annual

Zones: annual

Plant Type: Annual, Herb

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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