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Artemisia vulgaris is an aromatic plant that grows along creek banks and waysides. This member of the Asteraceae family is known for the silvery shine underneath its leaves. Mugwort is a common plant in the British Isles; its angular, purple stalks grow more than three feet high. It bears dark green leaves with cottony down undersides.
Mugwort is said to have derived its name from having been used to flavour beer before the wide use of hops. The botanical name is derived from Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, fertility and the forests and hills.
This plant has many stories relating to magic and spirituality. Native Americans equate Mugwort with witchcraft. They believed that the rubbing of the leaves on the body will keep ghosts away, and a necklace of Mugwort leaves is said to help protect against dreaming about the dead. Other magical attributes include protection against the evils of the spirit realms. Mugwort is often used in Western Herbalism for dreamwork, bringing more lucid dreaming to those who drink the tea before bed.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is used often, most widely as moxa. Moxa is a stick form of densely compressed Mugwort, used to bring heat and circulation to the deep tissue by heating specific points on the body. The smell is said to bring a sense of comfort and relaxation.
Being quite a bitter plant, it has an affinity for the digestive system. Thought to stimulate digestion and encourage the menses in women experiencing dysmenorrhea. The bitterness is also said to lend itself for use as an antiparasitic.
Combines well with Lavender and Passion Flower for sleep. Use with Black Walnut for parasites.
How to use:
1 – 1½ teaspoon of Mugwort to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.