Botanist's Glossary

Genepi - Artemisia glacialis

  • Description
    • Genepi is a dwarf artemisia from high mountainous regions. It is hairy, downy, and highly aromatic, with small flowers in 2 to 9 flower heads at the ends of the stems. Endangered by overpicking, genepi (five French species) is now cultivated in its natural environment.
  • Traditions
    • The cure-all of mountain dwellers, genepi is difficult to pick. It is used to treat chills and digestive complaints. These days, genepi is best known for the liqueur of the same name, which is based on traditional spirits.
  • Properties
    • Genepi strengthens the skin's defenses against free radicals.