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Artemisia Vulgaris: Mugwort
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) or common mugwort, has a sprawling history that is rich as it is vast—from sailors of the great seas using it as tobacco as it offered more delight and variety, to being the favorite herb of witches. Being one of the nine sacred herbs of the Saxons, it has many spiritual and medical uses. Originally beer was flavored with mugwort before hops was adopted instead. This aromatic herb has been exercised in many folk traditions. Romans would plant mugwort along trails and passages. Many Roman soldiers would place tiny stems of the leaves under their heels and in their sandals to ease the travelling pains of stress on the feet. St. John had a belt of mugwort he would wear while he traveled in the wild. Many traditions of ancient China tells of how to dispel dark spirits or entities with the sacred herb.
The Uses of Mugwort
Many people utilize the herb after it has been dehydrated and sifted and then follow with a process of being ground up in a smoking blend, or solely by its self. It produces a mild stimulating effect of calmness. Before resting, the plant boasts a deep effect for sleep if smoked, enhancing lucidity of dreams and producing vivid dreams. There are health benefits as well in all parts of the plant: flowers, leaves, stems, and roots are edible/usable.
Note: Smoking anything if done incorrectly can be unsafe, so no promoting of the act is being done here—only as a testament of my own inquiry and findings, which is personal and non-personal.
Numerous cultures smoked mugwort as it provided brilliant dreams and a mellow psychedelic effect while conscious. Similar to mullein, this herb when smoked can soothe the lungs. Tea is another medium to use mugwort in for taking into the system by consuming the steamy brewed plant leaves in water.
Like smoking, drinking tea which can be seen as safer has much the same effects. Instead of directly being transferred from the lungs to the brain via blood flow, the properties and chemicals are taken into the liver then sorted through blood and organs, through digestion. Putting mugwort in a tiny pillow or in your pillow under your head as you sleep is reported by many to have similar if not the same effects as ingesting the plant.
Incense burning of mugwort is not as popular as most the other uses. Juice can also be made as it is similar to the tea, and can relieve itching. Pests also hate mugwort. Moths will leave clothes alone when mugwort is nearby, which is a way better alternative to mothballs (which can produce an unpleasant, chemical odor). Overall, this plant has a purification property.
Cut and Sifted Mugwort
The Moon Magic and Harvesting
When harvesting mugwort, one must try to do so during a full moon as it is photosynthesizing at night. Another time to do so is during early daylight hours due to the vigor of the plant (facing upwards and photosynthesizing).
Mugwort is named after the Lunar Goddess Artemis. Now the moon is a powerful force which aids in our spiritual journeys. Many people have dreams of the moon, as it is super important for anyone who starts to pay attention and deepen their field of intellect and wisdom.
The moon (the feminine figure), she is potent in her being. The moon guides our dream world. People have powerful dreams when the moon is full. Mugwort works with much the same field of energy as the moon. As a tool of the moon, mugwort modifies the user's astral world and capabilities to go luculent or lucid.
The Moon's Role
The Benefits of Mugwort
A splendid herbal treatment. Mugwort has the following properties: antibacterial, parasitic-purger, anticoagulant, digestive supporter, expectorant, pain-reliever, sedative, acne solution, blood detox, tonic, bronchitis reducer, cold, flu, and virus support, immune system booster, infection fighter, and many more. Mugwort helps depression to subside and reduces anxiety.
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Mugwort can cause the uterus to contract and menstruation to start early, so it is unsafe to take during pregnancy due to the risk of miscarriage. Otherwise, the herb is fantastic! Also note this herb helps rejuvenate women and ease symptoms of menopause.
Mugwort is a perennial herb that is indigenous to Asia, Europe, and parts of Northern Africa. It is common to see this herb growing all over parts of England as it is considered a weed. It is invasive in nature, but with so many medicinal purposes.
Identify It in the Wild or Grow Your Own
The Many Names of Mugwort
There are many names for this plant:
- Sailor's Tobacco
- St. Johns Plant
- Artemis Herb
Shamans use a variety of herbs for rituals, a popular one being sage. The Aztecs used the plant as incense and used it to tap into psychic powers.
Ingredients for Mugwort Tea
- 3 cups water, cold and pure
- 2 tablespoons mugwort, cut and sifted organic
- *optional 1 teaspoon raw-honey, natural organic
- *optional (1/4th) lemon, organic
Instructions for Mugwort Tea Preparation
- Pour 3 cups of cold water or 24 ounces of cold water into tea-kettle or tea-pot.
- Add 2 tablespoons of mugwort to tea-pot or tea-kettle.
- Let heat up for 10 minutes or until the teapot's whistle sounds or until boiling.
- Note: Careful when heating up to not over boil the mugwort. The desired effect is to draw out the mugwort's essence into the water not burn the product!
- Turn eye of stove off and allow the steeping to finish as it sits for 5 minutes.
- Serve 2 glasses strained if desired with coffee filters or strainer.
- Note: If desired, add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten as well as 1/4th of a lemon slice squeezed into a cup to give a twang of citrus zest.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Gregorro
Gregorro (author) from Centerville, Tennessee on March 21, 2019:
Thank you so much Marlene! Yes, Mugwort is definitely a wondrous herb. I am glad that my article has shed some information... I am actually making some Mugwort tea right now too, cheers!
Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 17, 2019:
I recently started hearing about Mugwort among my friends who grow herbs. I learned quite about the benifits by reading your very interesting and informative article.