Armoise oil has a subtle, herbal scent that relaxes the mind. It is often used alongside vegetable oils to massage the skin, as it eases sore muscles and joints.
Artemisia herba-alba, also called white wormwood, grows in arid or semi-arid regions near the Mediterranean basin. It is part of a genus of flowering, shrubby herbs called mugwort (Artemisia or armoise); the most famous species of which is absinthe, as it gave the drink of the same name its hallucinogenic properties.
The flowering tops of armoise herba-alba can be distilled for essential oils, while its leaves make an excellent herbal tea. It has a similar scent to thyme and is, in fact, rich in the same compound called thymol. Aromatic, thymol is also known for its antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties on the skin.