Botanist's Glossary

Artemisia, White Artemisia - Artemisia herba-alba

  • Description
    • White artemisia (Asteraceae family) is a very fragrant herbaceous perennial with silvery gray evergreen foliage. Its dense root system has enabled it to adapt to the dry steppes of Northern Africa, where it is widespread from Morocco to Egypt. It also grows in Spain, but is very rare in France.
  • Traditions
    • Artemisia is an important magical herb. Its name comes from the goddess Artemis, protector of virgins and sick women. Artemisia is also a ceremonial plant, which would be burned in honor of the gods.
  • Properties
    • The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the plant. It has softening and purifying properties, which make it an excellent ingredient for limp and devitalized hair. When the hair is strengthened, it regains its radiance and shine - right down to the roots.