Aromatics

Absinthe: it has many virtues


Absinthe is better known and renowned for its liqueur than for its many benefits in the garden.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Artemisia absinthium
Family : Asteraceae
Type : Semi-evergreen perennial

Height : 40 to 150 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rich and light

Harvest : May to October

It is aromatic, it has many medicinal properties and is a good repellent in the vegetable garden.

Absinthe also helps fight aphids, carrot maggot, flea beetles and cabbage worm.

Sowing and planting wormwood

Absinthe likes sunny situations and relatively light, well-drained soils.

Planting wormwood:

If you buy your absinthe in jar, it will be necessary to plan repot fairly quickly in a bigger pot or put it in the ground after purchase.

  • This is the assurance that the plant thrives in the best conditions.
  • Water generously at the beginning and regularly the 1st year, especially in case of strong heat.

Sow the absinthe well:

Absinthe maybe sown in place throughout the spring and summer.

  • Bury the seeds in 1 to 2 cm of potting soil
  • Space your rows 20 cm
  • Water regularly in fine rain until emergence which can last up to 2 weeks.

As soon as the plants have formed 4 or 5 leaves, thin out to about eight inches to leave room for the plant to develop.

  • They will mature about 2 months after sowing

Multiplication of absinthe:

It is very easy to multiply wormwood by dividing the old strains.

  • We must separate the old feet
  • Replant immediately then water for a quick recovery

Caring for absinthe

Once it's in place, absinthe shouldn't require a lot of maintenance.

In order to regenerate your absinthe, proceed to the division of the tuft in the spring about every 3 years.

Harvest of absinthe

Flowers and leaves can be cut as and when needed and that until the first frosts.

It is better to pluck the stems one at a time, rather than pulling a few leaves as you go.

  • Be sure to eat preferably oldest stems.

Preservation of absinthe

In the fall, in order to keep your absinthe as long as possible, cut to the ground and keep the in a jar in the freezer keeping the leaves whole.

We can also leave dry leaves in a dry and ventilated room, crush the leaves and keep them in an airtight jar.

Good to know about absinthe

Wormwood is a herbaceous perennial that can grow up to 1m tall and is well known for having given its name to a famous alcohol.

Covered with a silvery white hair, it gives pretty little yellow flowers all summer long.

It is used both in the garden for its positive effects on plant growth but also as repellent against certain parasites. For this, we make liquid manure or plant it in the middle of the vegetable garden.

Absinthe also has medicinal virtues and benefits to our health. It has often been used in the treatment of stomach aches, to fight against fatigue but also to fight against seasickness or transport sickness.

Preparation of the absinthe infusion

The first step is to dry the wormwood flowers in the shade. The leaves can be added during full flowering.

Absinthe infusion recipe:

  • Infuse 5 to 6 g of dried flowers for 1 liter of boiling water.
  • Drink 2 to 3 cups of absinthe infusion per day, no more

Smart tip

Absinthe is repellent against dog fleas, especially outside of bloom. One trick is to put a few leaves of wormwood in the dog's basket to act as flea control.


To read on aromatic plants:

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