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-- By Eugene in Elida, Ohio, USA on Mon, 1 Aug 2011 at 19:13.
The leaves and flowers are steam distilled to produce absinthe essential oil.
Additional discussion can be found here: http://beckysbathsalts.com/Aeracuras-Essential-Oils/Essential-Oil-A-M/absinthe-essential-oil/prod_37.html
Stove top distillation is commonly used by home crafters to produce essential oils from plant material.
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About the wormwood plant
The Vaults of Erowid site has a section about wormwood with information, photos of the plant and even experiences by people who have "experimented" with wormwood.
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