Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Wormwood has been known, used, and adored, sense biblical times at least. It was widely mentioned in ancient medical text including the Egyptian medical papyrus of herbal knowledge dating to circa 1550 BC! It was favored by a lot of well known creative minds also, leading people to speculate and or believe there is some sort of connection. This is an interesting topic for researchers. It would be cool to see phytochemist come together with other researchers to conduct thorough experiments to collect more data on this, and then publish it with moral transparency for the public. It has literally been studied for its potential to protect the brain, with one journal titled "Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium L.)—A curious plant with both neurotoxic and neuroprotective properties?"
It's name is very indicative of its use(one of many I should add), being used in a holistic context to prevent worms from eating your plants. It can be boiled into a tea and applied to Tomatos and other crops to protect against being eaten. It's believed to work against many insects and predators. Star himself uses it for this purpose... It's had a history of being used internally for this sorta thing as well, which is called a Vermifuge.
It's been associated with creativity and dreams throughout cultural traditions, and is even employed as an herbal medicine at times by those who chose to use it. It's also documented that the Native Americans were really big on this plant, and used it for ceremonial purposes. There are quite a few strains that different cultures have used too, for the same general things, one being Artemisia ludoviciana. Star deems this herb Oneirogenic
It's also been used in the production of a drink called Absinthe! Absinthe (real Absinthe), when dropped onto a sugar cube, is said to make the sugar cube glow neon green! It's a very mysterious drink that was just legalized not too long ago in the USA. Wormwood has a very telling story to tell, it's just very quiet about being told. You gotta figure this one out yourself. There are some good books on it out there though. One of the ingredients in Absinthe aside from Wormwood, is Anise Star, as seen below. Wormwood is sort of like its own Banisteriopsis caapi. Watch as many documentaries on this stuff as you can because it's literally its own thing! This item is also available for sale in Star's ETSY STORE!