Wayside Gardens: Herbal Adventures - The Artemisia Genus

Green blessings surround us. Herbal medicine is people's medicine: free, simple, and accessible. Connect with the plants and you'll find yourself in love with the earth and your own wild nature. You don't need human language to learn about plants; when you live with the plants, they speak to you in your dreams and whisper in your womb.But language and words are useful tools. Everyone, no matter what their mother tongue, uses the same plant language: the botanical or, more simply, the scientific names.Scientific names may seem daunting, but your effort will be repaid a hundredfold. Plants in the same family often have very similar properties, allowing you to learn how to use hundreds of plants as quickly as learning how to use one.The Asteraceae family, like all plant families, is sub-divided into groups called genera (plural). Each genus (singular) contains plants that are closely related, and usually interchangeable in use, though individually different. Each individual plant in a genus has the same first name, but a different second or species name. For instance, the genus Echinacea in the Asteraceae family includes E. pallida, E. purpurea, and E. augustifolia, all of which are powerful anti-infective agents.Among the many genera in the Asteraceae family, one of my favorites is the Artemisia genus, named after the goddess Artemis. It contains many marvelously-aromatic, highly-medicinal, dazzlingly-decorative, safely-psychedelic, and more-or-less edible plants. Found in gardens, waysides, and waste lots throughout the world, there's probably an Artemisia growing near you.Artemis is Apollo's sister, and Queen of the witches. She is the goddess of the moon, the herbalist, the midwife, the birthing woman, and the hunter. Artemis is an untamed wild woman who runs free with the deer and the hounds. She is the woman who runs with the wolves. She is "Mother of all Creatures". "Leader of the Sacred Bitches". "Great She-Bear". She is owned by no man, and thus she is "Forever Virgin". And the plants named after her share her qualities.If you see an Artemisia growing beside the door - or painted on it - you've arrived at the home of an herbalist or a midwife, a home guarded by Artemis.The silver light of Artemis' moon shines from the leaves of her plants, making them appear to be lightly frosted, or to glow subtly. Most Artemisias are perennials that are tolerant of drought, poor soil, and extremes of heat and cold, making them ideal allies for even the most novice of gardeners. Artemisias grow best from cuttings, or transplants, not seeds, with the exception of A. annua, Sweet Annie, which lives one year only and is grown from seed.Artemisias produce hundreds of different aromatic oils, including camphor and thujone. This keeps them bug-free and provides us with medicines. Aromatic oils in fresh Artemisias may be extracted into vinegar, vodka, or fat such as olive oil and used externally to counter bacterial and fungal infections, and internally to prevent or cure digestive parasites in wo/man and beast. Small doses are said to improve appetite and digestion.Dried Artemisias retain these oils and are frequently used to make long-lasting, aromatic bouquets, wreaths, and swags, as well as dream pillows, sachets, and magical charms. When dirt floors were common, Artemisias were popular as strewing herbs. And don't forget that all Artemisias are useful as smudges. Sagebrush, A. tridentata is the most famous of all smudges, but, for a change, try cronewort (A. vulgaris), the ally of dreamers.Many books call Artemisia vulgaris "mugwort", a name she despises. "I give you the dreams of wise old women," she told me, "not the drunken fantasies of those with their noses in mugs. Can't you see my silver hair on the underside of every leaf?"Tincture, vinegar (my favorite), or even a tea of cronewort can tonify and improve the urinary, digestive, hormonal, nervous, and circulatory systems. "I'm everything an old woman wants," she confides with a smile. "I comfort those who grieve; I stir those who are depressed. I remove irritability and ease burdened joints. I bring peace and sleep, rest and reassurance."Cronewort is also beloved by midwives for easing the pain of labor, quelling menstrual cramps, and effectively treating heavy bleeding and other uterine complaints. And don't forget her "supernatural" powers! This most common (that's what "vulgaris" means) Artemisia is a powerful witch who will spin a spiraling spell for you - if you ask her nicely.Wormwood (A. absinthium) is perhaps the best known member of this genus. It is the strongest and most dangerous of the Artemisias. As the main ingredient in the mind-altering liquor absinthe, it stimulates mid-brain activity and increases creativity. (Repeated use disturbs the central nervous system, however; and overuse can lower seizure thresholds.) Herbalists like myself use tincture of fresh wormwood, 3-5 drops taken frequently throughout the day, to prevent giardia, dysentery, amoebas, and other parasitical infections. This bitter, bitter tincture is also useful to ease indigestion, improve liver function, and stimulate production of bile.Sweet Annie (A. annua), known in China as qing hao, is becoming quite the star these days. Dried and used in large daily doses, this Artemisia can prevent malaria. Drug companies hope to isolate the active ingredient and produce a drug that will even cure malarias resistant to current drugs.Invite Artemis into your garden - or meet her in the wild places she loves. Open your heart, your head, and your womb to her. Invite her sexy beautiful green magic into your circle. It's easy and fun.SOME ARTEMISIA SPECIES BELOVED BY HERBALISTS AND GARDENERSA. abrotanum (southernwood) - divinatory
A. absinthium (wormwood) - medicinal
A. afra (African wormwood) - beauty
A. annua (sweet Annie, qing hao) - medicinal
A. camphorata (camphor-scented sothernwood) - divinatory
A. chinensis (moxa) - medicinal
A. drancuncula (tarragon, little dragon) - cook's favorite
A. frigida (fringed sagebrush) - smudge
A. lactiflora (ghost plant) - beauty
A. ludoviciana (silver queen) - beauty
A. pontica (Roman wormwood) - beauty
A. schmidtiana (silver mound) - beauty
A. stellerana (old woman, dusty miller) - beauty
A. tridentata (three-toothed sagebrush) - smudge
A. vulgaris (cronewort, mugwort) - magic and medicineLegal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner with a specific formula for you. All material in this article is provided for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or consultation. Contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if you are in need of medical care. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion. [EXTRACT] Green Blessings surround us. Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people: free, easy and accessible. Connect with the plants and you're in love with the land and its wild nature. No human language is necessary to learn about plants, and living with the plants, they speak to you in a dream and whisper in your language womb.But and words are useful tools. Everyone, regardless of language, uses the language of the same plant: botany, or, more simply, names.Scientific scientific names may seem daunting, but your effort will be returned with a vengeance. The plants of the same family often have similar properties, allowing you to learn how to use hundreds of plants as soon as learning to use one.The family Asteraceae, like all plant families, are divided into groups called genera (in plural). Each genre (singular) contains plants that are closely related, and generally interchangeable in use, although individually different. Each plant in a genus has the same name, but a second or different species name. For example, echinacea genus in the family Asteraceae includes E. pallida, E. purpurea, E. and augustifolia, all of which are powerful anti-infective agents.Among the many genera of the family Asteraceae, one of my favorites is the genus Artemisia, the name of the goddess Artemis. It contains many wonderfully aromatic, highly medicinal, dazzling, decorative, safe-psychedelic, and more or less edible plants. They are found in gardens, roadsides, and waste a lot around the world, is likely to be a growth near you.Artemis Artemisia is the sister of Apollo, and the queen of witches. She is the goddess of the moon, the herbalist, the midwife, the mother, and the hunter. Artemis is an indomitable woman who runs freely with wild deer and dogs. She is the woman who runs with wolves. She is "Mother of all creatures." "Leader of Sacred bitches." "Great Bear". She is owned by no man, and therefore it is "ever-virgin." And the plants share the name Artemisia qualities.If see a growing next to the door - or painted on it - you've come to the house of an herbalist or midwife, a house guarded by the silver light Artemis.The Artemis' Moon shines on the leaves of your plants, so they appear to be slightly subtle matte or gloss. Artemisia Most are perennials that are tolerant to drought, poor soils and extremes of heat and cold, the Allies ideal for even the most novice of gardeners. Artemisia grow best from cuttings, or transplants, not seeds, with the exception of A. annua, wormwood, who lives only a year and grows from seed. Artemisia produce hundreds of different aromatic oils, including camphor and thujone. This keeps them free of errors and provides medicines. Artemisia aromatic oils can be extracted fresh vinegar, vodka, or fat such as olive oil and used externally to deal with bacterial and fungal infections, and internally to prevent or treat gastrointestinal parasites in wo / man and beast. Small doses are said to improve appetite and Artemisia digestion.Dried keep these oils are often used for long-lasting, fragrant flowers, wreaths, garlands and dream pillows, sachets, and magic spells . When dirt floors are common, were popular as spreading Artemisia herbs. And do not forget that all are useful as Artemisia stains. Artemis, A. tridentata is the most famous of all the spots, but for a change, try cronewort (A. vulgaris), the ally of books called Artemisia vulgaris dreamers.Many "sage," a name she despises. "I give you dreams of the old wise women," he said, "not the fantasies of drunken with their noses in the cups. Do not you see my hair black at the bottom of each page?" Tincture, vinegar ( my favorite), or even a cronewort tea can tone and improve urinary, digestive, nervous, hormonal, and circulatory systems. "I'm all that an old woman wants," he confesses with a smile. "I comfort those who cry, I mix those who are depressed. I can relieve irritability and remove the loaded joints. I bring peace and sleep, rest and tranquility. " Cronewort is also intended by midwives to relieve labor pain, suppress menstrual cramps, and effective treatment of uterine bleeding and other problems. And do not forget your "supernatural" powers! The most common (that is "vulgar" terms) Artemisia is a powerful witch spiral will spin a spell for you -. if you ask your nicely.Wormwood (A. absinthium) is perhaps the best known member of this genus is the strongest and most dangerous of Artemisia. As the main ingredient in mind-altering absinthe liquor, which stimulates brain activity mid and increases creativity. (The repeated use disturbs the central nervous system, however, and excessive use may lower seizure threshold.) Herbalists as I use sweet wormwood tincture, 3-5 drops taken frequently throughout the day to prevent giardia , dysentery, amoebas, parasites and other infections. This tincture bitter, bitter is also useful to relieve indigestion, improve liver function and stimulate the production of Annie bile.Sweet (A. annua), known in China as qing hao, is becoming quite the star these days. Dried and used in large doses daily, this can prevent malaria Artemisia. Pharmaceutical companies hope to isolate the active ingredient and produce a drug that cures even the current resistant malaria drugs.Invite Artemis in your garden - or meet her in the wild places he loves. Open your heart, your head and her belly. Invite your green magic sexy and beautiful in their circle. Artemisia species is easy and fun.SOME loved by herbalists and gardeners. abrotanum (wormwood) - divinatory A. absinthium (wormwood) - medicinal A. afra (African wormwood) - Beauty A. annua (wormwood, qing hao) - medicinal A. camphorata (camphor-scented sothernwood) - divinatory A. chinensis (moxa) - medicinal A. drancuncula (tarragon, the little dragon) - Favorite Chef A. frigida (fringed sagebrush) - patch A. lactiflora (ghost plant) - Beauty A. ludoviciana (Silver Queen) - Beauty A. pontica (Roman wormwood) - Beauty A. schmidtiana (silver mound) - Beauty A. stellerana (old, cineraria) - Beauty A. tridentata (sagebrush three teeth) - patch A. vulgaris (cronewort, mugwort) - magic and medicineLegal Disclaimer: This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. The suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal and addresses must be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified health professional with a specific formula for you. All material in this article are provided for general informational purposes and should not be considered as medical advice or consultation. Contact a health professional reputation if you are in need of medical attention. Exercise self-empowerment by seeking a second opinion.
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