Growing Wormwood

You may be interested in growing wormwood which is an herb used as an insect repellant. This herb is known for keeping away nasty pests like mice, ants, flies, and moths because it has a bitter smell and was used in ancient times, documented in the Bible. The oil in the plant can be used as insect repellant and the leaves can be used in sachets to repel moths and mice in closets and wherever it is needed.

The above-ground parts of the wormwood plants are used in herbal medicine, such as compresses for bruises and sprains. Internal use of this herb is now cautioned because ingesting this herb is poisonous. It used to be taken for intestinal worms by humans...CAUTION: Wormwood is known to be toxic so do not take it for intestinal worms!

Plant this herb in early spring once all frost dangers have passed. Cover the tiny seeds with 1/8" of dirt, spacing them about 18" apart in partial shade. Water at least once a week and do not let the soil dry out. If you live in a very hot place, like Texas, once a week is not enough. It will take two to four weeks before you see the plants poke up through the ground.

Expect your plants to grow between three and five feet tall.

Make sure that you plant them far from other plants in your garden because the absinthin is toxic to some plants.

Wormwood should be cut back in the spring to allow new growth. It takes two years of growing wormwood to allow it to mature enough before it is potent enough to harvest it for use. Harvest the leaves in the spring.

As mentioned above, the herb wormwood was mentioned in the Bible, documenting its usage and the knowledge of its bitterness in the following passages:

Deuteronomy 29:18

Proverbs 5:4

Jeremiah 9:15

Jeremiah 23:15

Lamentations 3:15

Lamentations 3:19

Amos 5:7

Revelation 8:11 

Feel free to look them all up.

More on Growing Wormwood

We had two varieties in our Amazon store and both were popular with our customers. However, our supplier stopped carrying it.  We have not been able to find a source that we trust.

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