What to Do with Sweet Annie (Sweet Wormwood)
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Carri Clark
Posted on: September 7, 2000

I’ve got a question. I have this beautiful smelling sweet Annie herb and have no clue what or how to use it. Everywhere I look there is no information about it. Can you help me out?

The main use of sweet annie in homes is for making decorative wreaths. The aromatic dried branches are excellent for that purpose.

Sweet annie is also known as sweet wormwood, or qing hao in Chinese. The botanical name is Artemisia annua, and it is a close relative to tarragon, mugwort, and other wormwoods.

Sweet annie has important medicinal properties. In Chinese medicine it is used for fever, especially malaria and heat stroke. It is also used "externally for nose bleeds, bleeding rashes and sores," according to Deni Bown in her book "Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses."

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