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Southernwood








Southernwood, or Southern Wormwood, though it does not flower
in this country, is well known as grown in every cottage garden for
its aromatic fragrance. It is the Artemisia Abrotanum, a
Composite plant of the Wormwood tribe, commonly known as Old
Man. Pliny explains that this title is borne because of the plant
being a sexual restorative to those in advanced years, as explained
by Macer:--

Hoec etiam venerem pulvino subdita tantum Incitat.

Pliny says further that this herb is potent against syphilis, and
veneficia quibus coitus inhibeatur. Its odour is lemon-like, and
depends on a volatile essential oil which consists chiefly of
absinthol, and is common to the other Wormwoods. Abrotanum is
a Greek term. Another appellation of this plant is Lad's love, and
Boy's love, from the making of an ointment with its [527] ashes,
to be used by youngsters for promoting the growth of the beard.
Cinis Abrotani barbam segnius tardiusque enascentem cum aliquo
dictorum oleorum elicit. The plant is found in Spain and Italy as an
indigenous herb. Its leaves and tops have a strong aromatic odour,
and a penetrating warms bitterish taste which is rather nauseous. An
infusion, or tea, of the herb is agreeable: but a decoction is
distasteful, having lost much of the aroma. The plant was formerly
in great repute as a cordial against hysterics, and to strengthen the
stomach of a weakly person. It will expel both round worms and
thread worms, whilst its presence is hostile to moths; and hence has
been got one of its French names, Garde robe. Externally it will
promote the growth of the hair. In Lincolnshire it is known as
Motherwood.





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