Artemisia Taurica Russia Artemisia taurica

  • Description

    Artemisia Taurica is known as 'Common Mugwort' or 'Common Wormwood' and can be called 'St John's Plant' (not to be confused with the more common St John's Wort').  Part of the Asteraceae (Compositae) family its leaves grow 10 cm in length, with the plant usually reaching between 1 and 2 metres tall.

    Artemisia grows across Northern and Central Europe, Asia and Africa. It usually grows in uncultivated areas, often in nitrogenous soils, therefore is wild harvested typically from some unforgiving places like the roadside.

    It is still used in aromatherapy despite it being classed as a toxin - dosages are very small and are said to be helpful as a digestive stimulant and to promote menstruation. It is also used to reduce the symptoms of depression and ease tension.

    As a flavouring the leaves are used for its strong bitter taste, which is derived from its terpenoids and sesquiterpene lactones.

     

  • Product Details

    • Botanical name: Artemisia taurica
    • Origin: Russia
    • Crop Season: July - September
    • Plant/part used: Leaves and flowering tops
    • Method of extraction: Steam distillation
    • TSCA CAS: 8008-93-3
    • EINECS CAS: 94333-86-5
    • EINECS: 305-065-1
    • Appearance: Yellow - yellow/green pale liquid
    • Organoleptic Properties: Fresh, herbaceous
    • Density: 0.82 - 0.96
    • Refractive index: 1.47 - 1.495
    • Chemical constituents: Isoartemisia ketone, camphor, cineol, isoborneol, methylchavicol, artemisia alcohol, artemisia acetate, pinene, camphene
  • Latest Market Information May 29, 2018

    In 2017, the unusually hot weather locally stressed the trees and affected their size, and consequently final production. As a result of the heat plants were destroyed, with very little oil produced, just one third of an average year. In 2018 the new season is expected to commence in September. When it comes to its thujone content, the material represents one of the best value oils on the market. It is much higher than other origins and usually available at more reasonable prices.

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