Artemisia absinthium is, according to Borza’s dictionary, known as Iarba Fecioarelor (maidens’ weed), or most commonly, Pelin.
It belongs to the Compositae family and it can be found growing in arid places, on roadsides or along fences. Due to its active components, its use for therapeutic purposes has been attested ever since Antiquity. In Romanian folklore, Pelin was commonly associated with the dance of Căluşari. The dancers would wear Pelin plants around their waists.
Marian notes that Pelin is used in spells against Cel-Perit (lit.the dead one), an archaic name for a disease we now know as Syphilis. The healer must touch the pustule with the plant nine times, while chanting specific words.
In Bucovina, Romanian women use Pelin to protect themselves and their children from vântoase, female mythical creatures similar to the iele. Also in Bucovina, women make brooms using dried Pelin, with which they sweep their homes in order to keep the evil spirits out.
Pelin beau, pelin mănânc,
Seara pe pelin mă culc,
Dimineața când mă scol
Cu pelin pe ochi mă spăl.
Pelin I drink, pelin I eat,
At night I sleep on pelin,
When I wake up in the morning
I wash my face with pelin.
* image stolen from http://www.plantillustrations.org/
** this is an approximate translation, I have mentioned before that I am not a professional translator, but I tried to do my best, as usual