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Wednesday, 23 April 2008 12:20

An Old Love Charm

'On St. Luke's Day, take marigold flowers, a sprig of marjoram, thyme, and a little Wormwood; dry them before a fire, rub them to powder; then sift it through a fine piece of lawn, and simmer it over a slow fire, adding a small quantity of virgin honey, and vinegar. Anoint yourself with this when you go to bed, saying the following lines three times, and you will dream of your partner 'that is to be'

St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me,
In dreams let me my true-love see.


It is often quoted that Chernobyl is Russian for Wormwood but it's actually a myth. Chernobyl is actually a Ukrainian word. It is often taken as meaning 'wormwood' but actually means 'black (dark) bush' and of course, true Artemisia absinthium wormwood isn't black or dark. It's green with silvery hairs on one side.

The Book of Revelation, Chapter Eight:

10. And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

11. And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

There was a whole lot of pseudo-religious hysteria having to do with the supposed apocalyptic references to wormwood, after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, but of course, the biblical reference isn't to Artemisia absinthium either, as that species is not native to the middle east. So it's the usual old-mistranslation problem. The Artemisia species mentioned in the bible is probably Artemisia judaeica.


According to the Ancients, Wormwood counteracted the effects of poisoning by hemlock, toadstools and the biting of the seadragon.

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