Sweet Annie (Artemisia) Seeds
Artemisia annua, also known as sweet wormwood, sweet annie, sweet sagewort, annual mugwort or annual wormwood, is a common type of wormwood native to temperate Asia, but naturalized in many countries including scattered parts of North America.
Artemisia annua is a medicinal plant that originated in Southeast Asia, but is now cultivated all around the world. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years as a treatment for fevers, but its medicinal properties were rediscovered by modern science in the 1970’s when research revealed that the plant contains more than 10 active substances that act together or in parallel.
Today, one of those substances – artemisinin – is the foundation of all anti-malarial medicine, the discovery of which won Prof. Tu Youyou the Nobel Prize in 2015.
Scientific studies have shown that the components within the leaves of Artemisia annua, which can be ingested in capsules, extracts, or teas, have significant activity against the SARS-coronavirus, as well as against breast and prostate cancer without any serious side effects.
Prevention, as they say, is even better than a cure. Artemisia annua and derivatives are being studied for preventative effects. With no side effects when taken at recommended doses, a regularly-ingested, low-level of leaf material could effectively guard against developing diseases, from infections to cancers.
Annapolis Seeds are growers and stewards of heirloom and open pollinated seed. Our goal is to cultivate the greatest possible diversity of seeds for our region. Our collection acts as a living seed bank for the Maritimes and Eastern Canada.
We never repackage commercial seed. Much of our seed is grown on our farm in Nictaux, or else by a handful of dedicated seed growing friends across the Maritimes. 100% grown in Atlantic Canada.