Wormwood Essential Oil (Artemisia scoparia)

Wormwood Essential Oil
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Botanical names  Artemisia scoparia

Source  Leaves and flowering tops

Family  Asteraceae

Origin  China

Processing Method   Steam Distillation

Description / Color / Consistency Dark Green With Medium Consistency

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma   Spicy, Warm, Bitter

Blends With  Jasmine, Lavender, Oak Moss, and Orange.

Product Abstract

The wormwood plant has a long history in folk medicine, and is best known as the key ingredient in the intoxicating drink absinthe, long consumed by artists because they believed it stimulated creativity.

Scientific research also shows that wormwood can even kills cancer cells. It can also be used to treat anorexia, insomnia, anemia, a lack of appetite, flatulence, stomach aches, jaundice and indigestion.

Wormwood herb is used in alcoholic beverages while the wormwood star is mentioned in the bible. Truly an intriguing plant to say the least, but can this herb really kill parasites and cancer? Studies say yes, and the positive medicinal effects keep on coming.


The spectacular fact about Wormwood is that it was used by Hippocrates, the ancient Greek Physician and the father of western medicine. Many ancient monks and nuns used this bitter herb in the form of an elixir for its detoxifying properties. The English name wormwood may come from its traditional use as a vermifuge against intestinal parasites. However, wormwood oil’s most famous use is in the preparation of absinthe.

Harvesting/Extraction Information

The Essential Oil of Wormwood is extracted by steam distillation of its leaves, twigs, and flowering tops and is chiefly composed of alpha thujone, beta thujone, geranyl propionate, linalyl acetate, myrcene, sabinene, trans sabinol, and trans sabinyl acetate.

Common  usage

  • Eliminates Odor
  • Promotes Digestion
  • Acts as an Emenagogue
  • Prevents Microbial Infections
  • Effective Insecticide
  • Relieves Nervous Afflictions
  • Kills Intestinal Worms
  • Acts as a Tonic


Wormwood Essential Oil is poisonous and is basically a neurotoxin. Large doses can cause nervous afflictions, convulsions, restlessness, impulsive behavior, and even death. Prolonged use can result in permanent damage to the brain and the nervous system, even resulting in insanity. It does have narcotic effects and is highly addictive.

Key constituents

a-Thujone 63.3%

Sabinene 7.8%

1,8-Cineole 6.5%

Germacrene D 2.2%

Terpinen-4-ol 1.1%

b-Caryophyllene 1.0%

Safety summary
Hazards  Expected to be neurotoxic, based on thujone content.
Contraindications  Should not be taken in oral doses.
Contraindications (all routes)  Pregnancy, breastfeeding.
Maximum dermal use level  0.4%

Our safety advice
Our dermal maximum is based on 63.3% a-thujone content and a thujone limit of 0.25%.

Organ-specific effects
Adverse skin reactions  No information found.

Neurotoxicity  No information found. There is a risk of convulsions with moderately high doses of thujone. The thujone NOAEL for convulsions was reported to be 10 mg/kg in male rats and 5 mg/kg in females.

Systemic effects
Acute toxicity  No information found. Both a- and b-thujone are moderately toxic, with reported oral LD50 values ranging from 190–500 mg/kg for different species.

Carcinogenic/anticarcinogenic potential No information was found for sea wormwood oil but it contains no known

In the EU SCF report on thujone it was concluded that the available data were inadequate to establish a TDI/ADI

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