LEGEND — When Degas depicted the beautiful blend of sadness and boredom in Ellen Andrée’s mindless gaze for his painting L’Absinthe, the mysterious plant composite had reached its height of hallucinogenic success. The little green filled goblet sitting in front of the actress was her poison of choice, like many Parisian bohemians of that time. Even though the drink wreaked havoc on its drinkers, it has built up a steady stream of modern day liquor drink copycats, profiting from its fantastical history.
According to the Ancients, Wormwood counteracted the effects of poisoning by hemlock, toadstools and the biting of the seadragon. The plant was of some importance among the Mexicans, who celebrated their great festival of the Goddess of Salt by a ceremonial dance of women, who wore on their heads garlands of Wormwood.
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