Absinthe – this spirit has provoked a great deal of interest, as well as criticism, in the past 200 years. Wormwood, which used to be considered a medical plant, is the most essential herbal ingredient of absinthe. This is why this liqueur was believed to cure and prevent diseases, and eventually became so popular, that it went from being just a fashionable drink, to the national drink of France. All this happened before absinthe was banned and finally prohibited – until its revival in France and the rest of Europe only a couple of years ago.