LATIN NAME: Artemisia vulgaris
COMMON NAMES: mugwort, cronewort, common wormwood, wild wormwood, felon herb, st. john's plant (not to be confused with st. john’s wort), chrysanthemum weed, sailor's tobacco, moxa, artemis herb, naughty man, old man, old uncle henry, muggons, cingulum sancti johannis
PARTS USED: roots / leaves
Sometimes overlooked for more "flashy" herbs in this current day, mugwort is still a favorite of wise women. Mugwort has an affinity for the female reproductive system and is used as a uterine stimulant that can bring on delayed menstruation and help restore a woman's natural monthly cycle. 1
As all the bitter herbs, mugwort is an excellent digestive stimulant and is quite effective taken before or after heavy meals to alleviate gas and bloating.
One of the more interesting traditional uses of mugwort is that of a dream herb. It is often used as one of the main ingredients in sleep pillows, and it said to bring the dreamer more lucid dreams. Mugwort is also often used as a smudging (burning) ceremonial herb. It is mildly sedative and useful in calming frayed nerves and easing stress. A combination of agrimony, mugwort and vinegar is an excellent treatment for sciatica or muscular stiffness.
Abortifacient - Aromatic - Diaphoretic - Diuretic - Emmenagogue - Midsummer - Nervine
- topical anesthetic with antibacterial and antifungal properties
- topically relieves burning, itching and pain
- with continued application, can help get rid of warts
- relieve fatigue and clears the mind
- chronic stomach complaints
- stimulate the appetite
- strengthen contractions
- used in a compress to promote labor and help expel the afterbirth
- regulate the menstrual cycle and ease painful menstruation and the onset of menopause
- disorders and epilepsy
- expel pin worms
- fades bruises
Infusion - 1 ounce dried herb to 1 pint boiling water. 5-10 minutes. Do not make steep for too long or it will become intolerably bitter.
Tincture- Cover four ounces of fresh herb with 1 pint 100 proof alcohol, vodka, gin or brandy. Cover and keep in a dark place, shaking several times per day for two weeks.
Do not continue to take any Mugwort for more than 1 week. Break for several weeks before taking mugwort again as regular use of mugwort can cause nervous issues.
Use in combination with ginger in a tea to soothe difficult menstruation.
SPECIFIC: Limit the use of mugwort for one week at a time with a minimum of 6 weeks in between. As mugwort relaxes the uterus it should never be drunk, smoked or even touched by expectant mothers... DO NOT USE IN PREGNANCY!!!
GENERAL: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.