Artemisia abrotanum (Compositae)
SOUTHERN WOOD, GARDE ROBE
The pungent smell of this herb is a
key to its use as bitter. The tops and leaves are used by herbalists for
Southernwood has been a garden plant since the middle ages, and women used to carry sprigs of the herb for the pungent odour,
which they hoped might keep them awake during church services. Today, the Italians
use it as a culinary herb. It is native to southern Europe but has been naturalized in
Britain and North America. A perennial shrub with finely divided, feathery leaves, it
has tiny yellowish flowers in late summer.
Dried leaves and flowering tops.
Volatile oil with absinthol.
Stimulates menstruation; bitter (digestive stimulant); antiseptic; kills and helps expel worms.
Given for absent or delayed
menstruation, threadworms in children, and as a bitter in digestive and liver complaints.