What Is Wormwood Powder?
Wormwood powder comes from absinth wormwood, an herbaceous perennial plant with the characteristic aroma of sage. Traditionally, wormwood has been used as an herbal remedy made by distilling neutral alcohol and combining it with herbs, spices, and water.1
Wormwood, called Artemisia absinthium L. is an essential perennial shrub. It is native to the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, and Europe. Artemisia is among the most predominant and widely-circulated genus in the Asteraceae family, which is made up of over 500 annual, perennial, and biennial shrubs.2
Wormwood goes by these other names, too: green ginger, absinthe, and absinthium. The root is firm and woody with a leafy stem and a warm taste. Fully mature, the stem reaches 2.5 feet tall. It’s usually white and shrouded in thin, silky hairs.3
Wormwood shrubs flower in early summer, but the flowers can last until early fall. The greenish-yellow flowers hang in erect, leafy clusters and are very bitter in taste. Both the aroma and flavor are reminiscent of black licorice.4
History Of Wormwood Powder
Wormwood powder is made from the herb, which can also be found in North America, Siberia, and Europe. Historically, it was processed into a bitter tonic believed to support healthier appetite levels, among other things. Wormwood was also utilized as the primary ingredient in absinthe liqueur.5,6
Old Egyptian, Roman, and Christian writings all mention wormwood — sometimes as found in therapeutic herbal supplements. Its Latin name, Artemisia absinthium, refers to the Greek mythological goddess Artemis — the goddess of hunting.7,8