Wormwood Essential Oil
- Botany: Wormwood is a small shrub with a long history in folk medicine. It is a key ingredient in the intoxicating beverage absinthe. Wormwood essential oil contains aromatic compounds that gives absinthe its flavor. It comes from the Asteraceae botanical family. Wormwood should not be confused with Chinese mugwort which is sometimes refered to as "absinthe" oil because it is derived from a different plant species.
- Other Common Names: Absinthe
- Scent Profile: Top note with a bitter spicy aroma.
- See safety information below first before using Wormwood essential oil
- Can stimulate digestion
- Sedative properties helps soothe stress and sleep related problems
- Can help with hormonal imbalance and regulate menstrual cycles and symptoms
- Blends well with: Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Manuka, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, and Ylang Ylang
- Wormwood contains high amounts of thujone, a powerful psychoactive substance. Therapeutic use of wormwood requires special attention and great care.
- It is a neurotoxin and large doses can cause nervousness, convulsions, restlessness, impulsive behavior, and even death.
- Prolonged should be avoided as it can result in permanent brain damage and nervous system damage. It has narcotic effects and is highly addictive.
- It should absolutely be avoided at all costs during pregnancy and breastfeeding as it causes embryo-fetotoxicity and is abortifacient and also neurotoxic.
Products Using Wormwood Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.