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  • Wormwood
    • WestCountryStranger
      Posted May 16, 2008 9:38 PM

      Hi there one and all.

      I have some questions regarding the above. Artemisia absinthium, from what I have read, seems to have caused quite a stir and I am wondering, if any, what experiences members of this forum have had with the drug. I ask, because firstly, I ordered some from the Yard and looking on the internet I have found various warnings about using hot or boiling water (making an infusion pretty difficult)due to it releasing the absinthe - one such warning lablled it deadly. I figured the release of the absinthe was the whole point...?
      Why would Neals yard and various other companies/organisations not include a warning to not use this herb internally if this was the case? I hope it isn't.
      I also notice that some recipes state half a teaspoonful for a tea infusion (?) which is considerably less than I would use for other herbs.
      Is it safe? Sure I know that absinthe can be a nightmare drink, in excess, I personally don't like it but what, if any, danger could be encountered using it as a simple infusion for a tea?
      Many thanks for any replies in advance.
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