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Artemesia Annua Oil, Some Uses

Artemesia Annua Oil, Some Uses

Artemisia 1This Artemesia oil (Artemisia annua) is also known as “sweet annie”, as well as “Wormwood”. This is not to be confused with Artemesia absinthium which is toxic and not to be used. They are completely different plants.

It is named after Artemis, goddess of the hunt.  In Europe, people would stuff the herb into their pillowcases to sleep on at night because they believed it helped give them vivid dreams. It has a strong, medicinal, woody scent to it.

Aromatic influences: 

Encourages good dreams, calming

Combines well with:

Patchouli, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Lavender, Clary Sage, Pine, Sage

Artemisia annuaPoints of interest

  • Do not ingest.
  • Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.
  • Can help treat some anxiety disorders like depression, nervousness, and bipolar.
  • Helps to regulate women’s menstrual cycles. Particularly young girls who have just begun their cycles.
  • Can also help relieve menstrual cramps.
  • Repels mosquitoes.
  • Works great with algae powders.
  • Often used in Thalassotherapy which is water therapy with the addition of elements from the sea, mainly seawater and algae. (6)
  • Helps get rid of the effects of radiation.
  • Has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
  • This is one oil you need to use carefully. Best to not use if you are a beginner. Wait until you are more used to dealing with oils before you try it.

Recipes

Here are a few recipes involving Artemesia oil. To check for more, you can click on Artemesia in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Artemisia 2 Algae Bath

  • 4 ounces Algae Liquid
  • 2 ounces Algae Powder
  • 4 drops Ajowan Seed or Thyme
  • 5 drops Juniper Berry
  • 2 drops Artemesia
  • 10 drops Lavender

Combine all ingredients in a blender and liquefy, adding water as necessary. Stir the algae mixture into a hot bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. A weeklong regime of this detoxifying bath daily is particularly helpful following chemotherapy treatments or surgery, or after any severe illness treated with strong drug therapy. (6)

Artemesia Blend Oil

  • 2 ounces Grapeseed oil
  • 1 ounce Apricot oil
  • 1 ounce Avocado, Rose Hip, or Macadamia oil
  • 5 drops Artemesia
  • 3 drops Tarragon
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 7 drops Rose

Mix all ingredients in a 4 ounce, dark colored, glass bottle. Shake well for a few minutes then label and allow to sit for 24 hours before using. Can be used as a body, massage, or facial oil. Can add 10-15 drops to a hot bath. Can also use as a body oil after a shower or bath. (6)

And finally,

As time goes by, I will add more recipes. Once I find some more or work with the oil enough to create some for you. Do you have a recipe you like to use Artemesia for? A recipe you would like to volunteer to be included on here? If so, please let us know. Give us your recipe, the title of it and how you want your own name listed and we will be happy to share it.

Artemisia annuaReferences

  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism, by Julia Lawless
  2. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils, by Kurt Schnaubelt
  3. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
  4. The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia: A Concise Guide to Over 385 Plant Oils, by Carol Schiller & David Schiller
  5. 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, by Jeanne Rose
  6. The Aromatherapy Companion, by Victoria H. Edwards
  7. http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1990../V1-522.html
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12385883
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