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A brief breakdown of the basic herbs found in Absinthe:

Wormwood, Common (Artemisia Absinthium)
Wormwood, Roman (Artemisia Pontica)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Anise, Star (Illicuim verum)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Angelica (Angelica Archangelica)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Other Texts:

Nicolas Culpeper: The English physitian: or an astrologo-physical discourse of the vulgar herbs of this nation. 1652
Seperating Myth From Reality: Thujone

Herb & Essential Oil Retailers:

Cascade Herbal Supply: for elusive Quality Italian Artemisia Pontica ( Roman Wormwood)
Wild Wood: Great selection of herbs, organic herbs and essential oils.
HerbalCom : Bulk Herbs
Theatrum Botanicum: plants for the real DIY'er


Home Distiller: A great overview of the craft. Please read his "Legality of Distilling in your country."
The Still House: Home Distillation Workshop: A devoted to the art of making your own spirits. One of the only sites of its kind out there.
Dick's Distillation from 1870: From Dick's Encyclopedia

Notes on Essential Oils: Essential Oils are pure plant oils, extracted usually by steam distillation or cold press and are considerably different from the "extracts" one usually finds in markets and health food stores. It is difficult to judge quality of essential oils online. Here are some tips to look for, or *call* the supplier and ask the following questions if need be(it's very easy to get confused, and we don't want to find ourselves quaffing perfume oils or synthetic blends, now do we?):

Essential Oils are PURE plant extracts, so if a plant is considered poisonous, dangerous or even a minor hazard, the essential oil is even more so. Wormwood is considered a neurotoxin, but when used in moderation, and properly, it has many redeemable values. But for this reason many companies that carry essential oils won't have anything to do with it. For a little story on the hazards of Wormwood, check these links: