The use of Wormwood in Magic


(Artemisia absinthium)

Folk Names: Absinthe, Old Woman, Crown for a King, Madderwort, Wormot

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Mars

Element: Fire

Deities: Iris, Diana, Artemis, Andromalius


  • Psychic Powers
  • Protection
  • Love
  • Calling Spirits
  • Summon the Dead
  • Dreams

Magical Uses:

Wormwood is burned in incenses designed to aid in developing psychic powers and is also worn for this purpose.

Carried, wormwood protects not only against bewitchment but also from the bite of sea serpents. Hung from the rearview mirror, wormwood protects the vehicle from accidents on treacherous roads.

Wormwood is also sometimes used in love infusions, probably because it was once made into an alcoholic beverage called absinthe – YUM. This highly addictive and dangerous liqueur is now outlawed or banned in many countries, but the reputation lingers.

Wormwood is still used in love mixtures. One such use is to place it under the bed to draw a loved one.

Wormwood is also burned to summon spirits. It is sometimes mixed with sandalwood for this purpose. If burned in graveyards the spirits of the dead will rise and speak, according to old grimoires.

Uses in the Darker Arts:

Wormwood should be infused with the earth element when the planet Saturn should be strongly placed and waxing. The Moon should be waning.

  • Wormwood can be burnt to summon the spirits of the dead. The balsam is used in black magickal workings for wrath and revenge.
  • Wormwood also induces strong dreams. It is poisonous and should only be ingested in very small amounts.
  • Placing Wormwood in the path of a hated one will cause them bad luck.

Absinthe Oil

This is not an essential oil of wormwood! The essential oil of wormwood is among the most dangerous essential oils and should only be used under the most expert supervision (and most experts avoid it!).

This is an oil of revenge, an oil of justice: it sends harm back to an evil-doer. Secretly apply it to the body of your enemy so that the harm they have caused will revert back to them. (1)


Soak wormwood roots, leaves, and stems in castor oil.

Tip: If you really despise your target, use mineral oil as a base instead. Castor oil does not flow easily; dilute with jojoba or olive oil as needed.


  • Books themselves sometimes need protection, and mugwort, wormwood, and Saint John’s Wort are believed to physically preserve books. They provide spiritual protection and keep page-nibbling vermin away. Place leaves of these protecting botanicals between pages
  • Wormwood allegedly possesses the magic power to provide protection for the written word from all sorts of dangers, spiritual and magical as well as the verminous kind with little teeth.
  • Dioscorides recommended adding wormwood juice to ink, in order to keep mice away from papyrus.

For internal use:

Do not exceed lA g of the dried herb in tea 2 to 3 times a day.

Buy Wormwood Products in store:

Wormwood Cut 1oz (artemisia Absinthium)

1 Lb Wormwood Cut (artemisia Absinthium)

Wormwood Cut 2oz (artemisia Absinthium)

Tonic Tea (5+ Cups)


Witching Herbs, 13 Essential Plants & Herbs By Harold Roth

Reference Books

Magic When You Need It By Judika Illes (1)

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