Sweet Annie

Sweet Annie has been used for centuries in Chinese and European herbal medicine to treat painful childbirth and dysmenorrhea.

This plant is native to Asia bearing small yellow flowers and feathery green leaves.

Sweet Annie plant has other common names such as Sweet wormwood, Annual Wormwood, Ch’Ou Hao, Kuso-Ninzin, Huang Hua Hao, Qing-guo, Ts’Ao Hao, Sweet Sagewort, Wormwood, Annual mugwort, Absinthe Sauvage, Annual Mugwort, Ajenjo Silvestre, Armoise Annuelle, Armoise Amère, Artémise, Artemisia, Artemisia annua, Chinese Wormwood, Artemisinin, Ching-hao, Herbe aux Cent Goûts, Herba Artemisiae Annuae, Huang Hua Guo, Qing Hao, Sourcil de Lune and Qinghaosu.

The oil is extracted with the use of steam distillation of aerial parts. It possesses woody, dry and licorice scent. The colour ranges from yellow to brown to green and blends well with jasmine, sweet orange, oakmoss and lavender. It is used in aromatherapy to treat menstrual discomfort, headaches, fungal skin infections and fevers. The inhalation of Sweet Annie essential oil helps to treat nasal catarrh and congestion. The oil comprises  alpha thujone, geranyl propionate, beta thujone, myrcene, linalyl acetate, trans sabinol, sabineneand trans sabinyl acetate.

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